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From the 
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Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 



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The delay in printing the 1988 Proceedings is deeply regretted, caused 
by conditions beyond the control of Grand Chapter office or of the 

The late Report is a result of material going forward from Grand 
Chapter office to the Printer and from the Printer to Grand Chapter 
office, immediately prior to the Canada Postal strike and these mailings 
having apparently become lost as they never reached their destination. 
Included in the material for the general Proceedings were eleven sum- 
maries for the Sister Jurisdictions for inclusion in the Fraternal Cor- 
respondence part of the Report. 

The number of reports and proofs were of such a nature as to re- 
quire a further complete compiling of the entire Proceedings in order for 
the Printer to cross check and prepare this edition. 








A. Inv. 

Held in the Royal York Hotel, Front St. West 



AD 1968, A. Inv. 2498 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved 

Grand Z. Grand Scribe E. 

R.R. No. 2, 5059 Walker's Line 514 Temple Bldg. 




Most Excellent Grand First Principal 

Born in Toronto May 24th, 1912. 

Son of Alfred Woodruffe and Hazel Maude Portch. 

Married September 4th, 1930, to Margaret Isabell Wood. 

They have two children, a daughter Margaret Isabell, and a son 
Stanley Elias, both are married. 

Educated in Toronto. 

Religion — Member of Zimmerman United Church, and secretary of 
the Board of Stewards. 

Business — Sales Manager Centennial Sales 

Civic Activities — Provincial Representative for the Hal ton County 
Health Unit. Member of Big Brother Association of Hamilton. 

Masonic Record — Life Member of Oakville Lodge No. 400, Oakville, 
where he was initiated, passed and raised November 1941. He served 
as Wor. Master in 1946. In 1966 he was appointed to the office of 
Grand Junior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Canada A.F. & A.M. in the 
Province of Ontario. 

He was exalted in White Oak Chapter No. 104 Oakville, and served 
the office of first Principal in 1947. Was elected District Supt., Hamil- 
ton District No. 5 in 1952. He has bean a member of the Grand Execu- 
tive for the years 1959 to 1964. In 1965 was elected to the office of 
Grand Second Principal, and in 1967 became Grand First Principal. He 
is the Gr. Rep. of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova 
Scotia, a charter member of King David Chapter No. 262, Burlington, 
an honourary member of St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton. Is a Past 
President of Principals' Association, Hamilton District No. 5. For ser- 
vices rendered to the Grand Chapter of N.B. was made an Honourary 
Past Grand Third Principal of that Grand Chapter. Was anointed, and 
consecrated to the Order of High Priesthood in April, 1962. Is a member 
of Godfrey de Boullion Preceptory No. 3 Hamilton, and Harington 
Conclave No. 16 of the Masonic and Military Orders of Knights of the 
Red Cross of COnstantine K.H.S.., and St. John the Evangelist, presently 
serving the office of Viceroy. Is a member of Barneses Shrine AAONMS 
Toronto. In addition to the above Masonic activities he is a Trustee of 
the Masonic Temple Board, Oakville. 

Clubs — Member of Boulevard Club, Toronto. 
His hobbies are Riding and Farming. 

Most Excellent Grand Z., 1968-69 



An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, was held in the Masonic 
Temple of Lambeth, Ontario, on the 23rd day of September, A.D. 1967, 
A. Inv. 2497. 


M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Pbrtch Grand Z. ^ r „ QT1 , 

R, Ex. Comp. G, Harold Shannon Grand H. V r™™;i 

R. Ex. Comp, F. W. D. Welham Grand J.J uouncn 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest S. Moran Grand Superintendent 

London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. Clifford Britton Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. E, K. Hogaboom as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex, Comp. A. W. Holt as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R, Ex. Comp. Milition Gottlieb as Grand Registrar 

R. Ex .Comp. Leo J. Gent as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Edgar C. Shunk as Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Worthington as Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Donald Thomson as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, R. Ex. Comps. Percy P. McGregor, 
Reginald Meen, Wm. G. Treble, Frederick Scott, Milton Thompson, J. 
O. Meckbach, Hugh Hill, W L. Davies, L. C. Ewener, R. A. Fulton, H. 
P. Grant; V. Ex. Comps, L. E. Fortner, H. R Marriott, H Steels, Robt. 
Preston, C. Feasby; Comps. Gordon Braby, Rev. Charles Donald. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form alt 9:30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for St. Paul's 
Chapter No. 242 of Lambeth, Ontario. The ceremony being concluded 
the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter in 
Ample Form at 10:35 p.m. 


Seal * Grand Scribe E. 


An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, was held in the Masonic 
Temple of Etobicoke, Ontario, on the 29th of September, A.D. 1967, 
A. Inv. 2497. 


M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. ^ n^anA 

R. Ex. COmp. G. Harold Shannon Grand H. > JwSi 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand J.J ^ oun,C11 

R. Ex. Comp. Percy P. McGregor Grand Superintendent 

Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. Clifford Britton Grand Chaplaiin 

R. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Roy Mathews Grand Principal Sojourner 


R. Ex. Comp. Edward M. Marshall Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. E. Smith as Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. H. R. Marriott Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Edgar C. Shunk as Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Geary as Grand Organist 

V Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps, Ernest S. Moran, Irwin G. Noble, Albert O'Halloran, C. 
R. Whittemore, John MacKay, Frederick Scott, Milton Gottlieb, Jack 
Arnold, L. C. Ewener, E. K. Hogaboom; V. Ex. Comps. David Miller, 
Fred C. Conley, Harold Sayles, Colin C. Kerr, John L. Good, E. J. Ridg- 
way; Ex. Comps. Herb W. Powell, Jack Wakefield, Martin Van Wame- 
lon, Michael Sandler, Albert S. Currie, K. J. Campbell, Leonard Stroud, 
Wm. Sproule, Victor W. Newman, Alfred T. Williams, Frank Harris, 
C. A. Feasby. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9:30 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had 
been called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for Lebanon 
Chapter No. 220 of Etobicoke, Ontario. The ceremony being concluded 
the Most Excellent Grand First) Principal closed Grand Chapter in 
Ample Form at 10:50 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 


An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province: of Ontario, was held in the Masonic 
Temple of Chippawa, Ontario, on the eleventh of November, A.D. 1967, 
A. Inv. 2497. 



R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon. Grand H. > 

M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. | G raniC i 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand J.J 


R. Ex. Comp. George Douglas Penwardeni Grand Superintendent 

Niagara District No. 7 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Brown as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comps. Roy Mathews Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward M. Marshall Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. G. E. French as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward Shunk as Grand D. of C. 

Ex. Comp. Frank Blanchard as Grand Organist 

R. Ex. Comp. D. Penwarden as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps. E. Moran, Charles Simpson, Albert O'Halloran, Percy 
McGregor, Joseph Hessey, E. S. Moran, Milton Gottlieb, Les. Ewener, 
R. H. Dilamarter, E. K. Hogaboom, George Sheard, Ernest Ridgway; 
V. Ex. Comps.. James Turnbull, James S. Bremner, John S. Gee, C. 
Feasby; Ex. Comps. Wm. Wilson, William Cooper, Arthur W. Cox, 
and others. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8:20 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had 


been called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for Mount 
Nebo Chapter No. 76 of Chippawa, Ontario. The ceremony being con- 
cluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter 
in Ample Form at 9:40 p.m. 

Seal Grand Scribe E. 


An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, was held in the Masonic 
Temple of Dunnville, Ontario, on the twenty-fifth of November, A.D. 
1967, A. Inv. 2497. 


M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. ^ Plldt j 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand H. > ^ rana ., 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand J.J ^ ounci1 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. D. Penwarden Grand Superintendent 

Niagara District No. 7 

Comp. Charles D. Donald as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Martin as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilbert D. Taylor Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward M. Marshall Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. James N. Allan Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Griffin as Grand Junior Sojournre 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward Shunk as Grand D .of C. 

Comp. Willard Chelland as Grand Organist 

Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Braby as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps. Francis M. Reid, W. Brown, R. H. Dilmarter, C. Larson, 
A. E. Thurlow, William Johnston, Ralph Neely. C. Griffin. Jo^n G. 
Frame, J. Nickle Davis and Gordon Brown; V. Ex. Comps. Charles T. 
Sherry, Reginald Ash, G. K. Mansell, James Bremner, C. Feasby and J. 
Hutchinson; Ex. Comps. Charles Larsen, R. Westherall, William Wilson 
and others. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9:00 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had 
been called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for McCal- 
lum Chapter No. 29 of Dunnville, Ontario. The ceremony beine: con- 
cluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter 
in Ample Form at 10:10 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 




The One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
held in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada, on April 23 and 24, 

M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. ^ r v . Qnr i 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand H. > Cn>™% 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand J.J council 

M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, R. V. Conover, Fred W. Dean, A. G. N. 


Bradshaw, John L. House, Maurice A. Searle, Bruce H. Smith, Charles 
W. Emmett, Fraser Hay, M.D., James E. Girven. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. Clifford Britton Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Bradley Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Paul Vorvis Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. T. R. Tompkins Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Archdekin Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. William Canon Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. J. R. Lovell Grand Outer Guard 


St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. George A. Lauzon 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Ernest Fackrell 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. Claude Wilfred Spicer 

Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Donald Lloyd Attridge 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. George Benjamin Cowman 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Elmer Johnston 

Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Frederick Deamude 

Toronto East District No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. John Edmund Richardson 

Toronto West District No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. William Charles Arch 

Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Stanley Matthias 

Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Kenneth Burns 

Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Byers Hagerman 

St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest B. Dangerfield 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Cedric Cecil Dale 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. John Milloy 

New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Alexandre Finnie Killah 

Temiskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Robert G. Childs 


A constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario was opened in Ample Form at 10 a.m. 

The Grand First Principal Stanley Portch announced: "All Royal 
Arch Masons, in good standing and properly vouched for, will b? made 
welcome during the Convocation. 

The following distinguished guests wer3 introduced by 1he Asst. 
Grand Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. Richard Dearden and 


M. Ex. Comp. Charles A. White, Pa^t Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. W. Robert Travelstead. Grand High Priest. 

Sidnev E Cofield, M. Ex. Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Noble S. McDougal, Sr. Grand High Priest 

V. Ex. Comp. Sidney E. Solley, representing 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert Kerr, Grand First Principal 



Robert K. Coulby, M. Ex. Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Charles E. Cross, Grand High Priest 

R. Ex. John D. Dorr, Past Grand King 

Stuart M. Rutter, M.E. Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Glade, Grand High Priest 

R. Ex. Fred Feldscher, Deputy Grand High Priest representing 

M. Ex. George S. Mason, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Harvey Walker, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. W. Gordon Parker, Grand First Principal 

M. Ex. Alfred C. Bateman, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Comp. Hugh C. Ireland. Grand First Principal 

M. Ex. Henry C. Eley, Grand High Priest 

M. Ex. Knight and Comp. Dr. Clinton Alexander Bell, Supreme 

Grand Master 

M. 111. Comp. Robert H. B. Taylor, Grand Master 

M. 111. Kt. Comp. Frank Mayer, Grand Sovereign 

M. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Donald J. Gunn. Grand Master 

M. Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary 

M. Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. James N. Allan, Immediate Past Grand 



M. Ex. Sirs and My Companions: 

As we open this our 110th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, may I 
extend the hand of fellowship to all who are present today. 

One of the wonderful things about Masonry is the opportunity it 
gives us to meet, and greet both old, and new friends. 

May I extend on behalf of all the Companions of our jurisdiction 
a warm, friendly, and sincere welcome to our guests. 

It is our fondest hopes, that you will have a most pleasant, and 
enjoyable stay with us, and be afforded the opportunity to make new 
friends, whose memories shall bring delight to your hearts for many 
years to come. 

In my visits to sister jurisdictions, I was always accorded the 
warmest of welcomes, and it is a personal delight for me to have the 
opportunity of returning all the wonderful hospitality I have enjoyed. 


Because of our common bond: the challenges we face as Royal Arch 
Masons are all too similar. 

We hope that our deliberations while endeavouring to find some of 
the answers, will stimulate your thoughts, so that we may all turn the 
page of history to a new, and more beneficial era for all mankind. 

To our visitors from other branches of Masonry, we are so very 
pleased you could be with us today, your presence adds dignity and 
decorum to our convocation. 

May we even be mindful that in union there is strength; and in 
serving together there is inspiration, and resolution. 

To our Most Worshipful, The Grand Master, may I say a very special 
word of welcome. We realize Most Worshipful Sir that you are still 
convalescing from your recent illness, and deeply appreciate your 
presence with us today. Truly our prayers have been answered by 
your return to good health. 

That you are with us today evinces to us your keen interest in the 
Royal Craft. As Royal Arch Masons we are fully aware of the strong 
ties that bind us to the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario. We assure you, Most Worshipful Sir of our loyalty, and dedi- 
cation to you, and the Grand Lodge. 

To Most Worshipful Bro. and Ex. Comp. Dixon, our Grand Lodge 
Secretary, we extend the warm hand of friendship. We are indeed happy 
that you could be with us to share in this, our 110th Grand Convocation. 

To all my Companions, we extend a sincere greeting of warm affec- 
tion, and deep gratitude for your presence. May our deliberations send 
us forth from this convocation with a renewed spirit of zeal, and dedi- 
cation: strong in the resolve that although there is much work to be 
done, we have the men, and the will to do the job. 


By the Grand Chaplain R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. C. Britton, B.A. 

INVOCATION — "0 God, who has been our help in ages past, and 
who is our hope for years to come, we bless Thee for Thy faithfulness of 
which there is no end. We praise Thee for that gift of life which only 
Thou canst bestow; for that unfailing goodness which overarches all our 
days. Be Thou the Guide and Helper to all our leaders in this Royal 
Craft; that they may rule in charity and wisdom, that brotherly love, 
integrity and fidelity may permeate the hearts oi all companions present; 
and that we may be constantly sensitive to the presence of the Most 
High." AMEN. 

The Canadian and American flags were brought froward and follow- 
ing the singing of God Save Our Queen and My Country 'Tis Of Thee 
the flags were deposited. 

To the Most Excellent Grand Z, Distinguished Guests and Companions: 

May I direct your attention to the words of Holy Writ, — "THE 
DELIGHTETH IN HIS WAY." Psalm 37: 23. To begin with I would 
like to paraphrase this verse to read, "The steps of a good 'companion' 
are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way." Companions, 
we will meditate on these words of the Psalmist for they provide us 
with a link to our former companions who are no longer with us, as well 
as a guide to each one of us in the way that we go. We are concerned, 
companions, in receiving such aid as may come from the worthy example 
of those who have walked before, as well as from the worthy companions 
now present, whose steps are ordered by the Lord. 

(1) The steps of a good companion ordered by the Lord are taken 
in faith. He is one who believes that this world of ours is dependable 
and on the side of good; that under the shifting sands of sin, and the 
dark clouds of doubt, there is certainty; there is a sure foundation that 
abides, and that good will overcome. He believes in a victory beyond 


doubt; in triumph beyond tragedy; and in spite of man's inhumanity to 
man there are brighter goals toward which we should strive with all the 
energy in our possession. The good companions who walk among us in 
faith are witness to the things hoped for; they possess the promises of 
the future by that same act of faith. They look "for a city which hath 
foundations, whose builder and maker is God." 

(2) A good companion whose steps are ordered by the Lord, walks 
among us with integrity. Truth is the lodestar toward which his whole 
life is directed. Truth is the very fabric of his being. There is also a 
spirit of loyalty and honesty in his personal relations evidenced in his 
respect for every man as the handiwork of God. All in all his life is 
spent in the service of his fellowman rather than in personal aggrandize- 

(3) The steps of a good companion ordered by the Lord walks in 
love. This is the kind of love which makes a companion esteemed by all. 
It enables a man to inject a sense of humor into the tenseness of life so 
that others may relax under the warmth and dignity of his personality. 
Moreover here is one who bears the strains and tensions of life without 

The good companion whose steps are ordered by the Lord is devoted 
to great causes. His manner of living is a rebuke to over-weening pride 
and ostentation. He upholds the moral and spiritual standards that con- 
stitute the bulwarks of our society. He has received that good gift from 
God that proves to be an inspiration for all of our living, and also for 
our dying. "And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not 
receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for 
us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect." (Heb. 11: 39, 

In closing we read a few lines from Browning's Rabbi ben Ezra: 
"A spark disturbs our clod; 

Nearer we hold of God 

Who gives, than of his tribes that take, I must believe. 

Then welcome each rebuff 

That turns earth's smoothness rough 

Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go. 

Be our joys three parts pain! 

Strive and hold cheap the starin', 

Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!" 
"Almighty God our Heavenly Father, with whom are all the issues 
of life and death, we would honor the memory of all the faithful com- 
panions who have gone before. We thank Thee for the testimony of 
their lives, for the qualities of life which they exemplified when they 
walked among us. May we in this hour be persuaded not only of the 
immortality of memory but of the immortality of the soul. Strengthen 
in us the conviction that a life lived for Thee and for our fellowmen is 
but a prelude to a larger and a more abundant life beyond. In the solem- 
nity of this hour help us once again to dedicate ourselves to brotherly 
love and fidelity, through Jesus Christ our Lord." AMEN. 

The Memorial Service closed with the singing of "O God Our Help 
In Ages Past" by the Companions. 


The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp Stanley Portch, requested the Acting 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. Edgar C. Shunk, to present 
the living Past Grand Z's. The following were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, 1947-48. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 1955-56. 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, 1957-58. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 1959-60. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 1961-62. 


M. Ex. Comp Fraser Hay, M.D., 1963-64. 

M. Ex. Comp. James Girven, 1965-66. 

The Grand First Principal Stanley Portch extended a very sincere 
and cordial welcome to the Past Grand Z's, after which Grand Honors 
were accorded. 

M. Ex. Comp. Portch expressed the regrets of M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw's inability to be present at this Convocation due to illness, and 
of his wishes that the Convocation would be most successful; also of the 
absence of the dean of our P.G.Z's., M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden. 


By Anthony E. O'Donohue, P.Eng., Alderman Toronto City Council 

I am very happy to be here representing his Worship the Mayor 
who sends his very best wishes for the success of your 110th Annual 
Grand Convocation. 

The City of Toronto has played host to many Masonic Orders and 
Meetings and many such Orders draw heavily from the good citizens 
of this city. The citizens of Toronto are famous for their participation 
in associations and charitable organizations. 

I note that the Royal Arch Masons of Canada commenced in this 
country in 1749 and began to assume organized form in Quebec in 1759 
upon the establishment of Lodges in the British forces. The Order is 
represented in each Province of Canada and is also world-wide. 

I notice many members from the U.S. attending this Convocation. 

On behalf of the City Council and Citizens of Toronto I bring you 
civic greetings. 


To the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal, Stanley Portch, 
Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

The distinguished guests from Sister jurisdictions in Canada, the 
United States and far off lands including the representatives from other 
Masonic Bodies. 

The Companions of Toronto Districts 8 and 8A are honoured and 
privileged to extend to you a cordial and sincere fraternal welcome and 
that your presence with us at our One Hundred and Tenth Annual Con- 
vocation be a memorable one. 
Most Excellent Sir: 

It is our pleasure to extend to you our sincere best wishes and 
acknowledge your skill, vigor and leadership, your warm personality 
has been an inspiration to all and it has been our pleasure to have had 
the privilege and honour to serve under your guidance. Your presence 
and good natured humor at many events in the past year have left the 
Companions with a high admiration of yourself and the office which 
you hold. We extend to you our best wishes for continued success in 
your term of office as our Grand First Principal. May the blessings of 
the Great Jehovah be ever with you. 

Presented on behalf of the Royal Arch Chapters of Toronto Districts 
8 and 8A this 23rd April, 1968: 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert O'Halloran, Grand Supt. Toronto District No. 8. 

R. Ex. Comp. Percy P. McGregor, Grand Supt., Toronto District 
No. 8A. 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Pro- 
ceedings of the One Hundred and Ninth Annual Convocation held in 
the city of Toronto when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, 
seconded by R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham: 


Resolved — "That the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, 1967, have been printed 
and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 
recorded minutes be considered as read and the same is now confirmed." 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon and seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, and— 

Resolved — "That the order of business of this Grand Convocation 
be changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 


R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 157 warranted Chapters on the roll 
of Grand Chapter of which 145 Chapters were represented by the 

1 Arthur H. Beery, Z.; H. C. Babcock, D. Shepherd, W. H. Gummer, 
R. G. Willis, W. C. F. Saunders, P.Z's. 

2 Ralph J. Cocks, Edward M. Mashall, P.Z.'s. 

3 Bruce Thornley, H.; Wm. H. Parker, Wm. A. Legg, R. W. Coon, 
P Z 's 

4 H. J. McCaw, Z.; P. Emslie, J.; V. L. Mutton, R. Dearden, K. L. 
Bellamy, P.Z.'s 

5 Malcolm McRae, Z.; Wm. Wilson, H.; R. O. Porter, J.; Abraham 
Cavanagh, Reginald W. Norris, Arthur W. Ayre, James A. Kennedy, 
Leo N. Allen, Sophus Pedersen, P.Z.'s. 

6 Fred Scott, Jas. Brownlie, J. E. Richardson, Alexander Wilson, 

7 Eugene Harrison, Z.; Wm. Connor, H.; W. Allan Dempsey, C. E. 
Meyers, Morley Hancock, A. R. Graham, P.Z.'s. 

8 James Graham, Z.; Hubert Morrison, H.; John G. H. Cook, J.; 
Edward Barbour, Gordon A. McConnell, Horace Carr, Arthur M. Otis, 
Fred S. Dickens, P.Z.'s. 

15 Leslie C. Ewener, P.Z. 

16 Clifford Meunier, Z.; Ernest J. Jackson, H.; Paul Naish, Lloyd G. 
Gillespie, Harold W. Burmaster, Charles Compton, Wm. Bradley, 

18 W. David Richards, J.; Alfred A. House, Wm. J. Ratz, J. J. Weber, 
P Z 's 

19 William S. Coolin, P.Z. 

20 R. W. E. McFadden, Charles R. Simpson, P.Z.'s. 

22 G. R. Drummond, P.Z. 

23 F M. Reid, T. C. Holland, W. Johnston, P.Z.'s. 

24 R Young, Z.; J. L. Blom, H.; W. May, J.; W. H. Capper, R. H. 
Davies, George Kiloh, P.Z.'s 

26 John Coles, Z.; Charles Home, J.; N. M. Sprague, J. Birch, James 
Arnold Payton, P.Z.'s. 

27 Thos. Stout, Z.; Thos. Borthwick, C. Mclntyre, B. M. Conron, F. C. 
Melton, Jas. A. Kilsby, P.Z.'s 

28 H. D. Powless, Z.; H. A. Bickle, H.; J. H. Randall, J.; T. Hopkins, 
J. H. Wheeler, V. H. E. Hulatt, J. G. Magee, R. E. Temperton, P.Z.'s. 

29 Kenneth Bell, Z.; John Toll, J.; Walter Caughell, Reg. S. Ash, Fred 
Deamude, Roy B. Miller, P.Z.'s. 

30 C. E. Lathwaite, J. E. Westbrook, Wm. G. Treble, P.Z.'s. 

31 James York, Z.; Cecil Hambly, J.; Harry Alder, Lyle Hagerman, 
Allan Wight, P.Z.'s. 

32 W. E. Knill, Z.; W. J. Everingham, J.; W. B. Murphy, G. J. John- 
son, F. C. Ackert, R. D. Law, P.Z.'s. 

34 C. D. Cunningham, Z.; W. T. Kirkpatrick, P.Z. 


35 Harold M. Douglas, Z.; Bruce A. Miner, H.; Charles W. Stafford, 
W. Percy Price, Thomas R. Tompkins, John D. Howard, P.Z.'s. 

36 V. A. Moore, Z.; J. E. Girven, R. Mathews, J. W. Morrison, D. Mil- 
ler, R. K. Burns, C. A. Bedford, P.Z.'s. 

37 F. H. Hueston, Z.; G. B. Trew, H. 

40 Gilbert A. Price, Z.; Jas. A. Robertson, Oliver T. Flint, Wm. H. 
Quant, G. E. Milner, P.Z.'s. 

41 Fred D. Gillies, Z.; John C. Ferguson, H.; G. M. Cole, H. R. Nagle, 

44 Jesse MacLean, Z.; Norman Wilson, H.; F. K. Hill, Gordon Fresque, 
A. V. Roy, P.Z.'s. 

45 D. D. M. Peebles, P.Z. 

46 Herbert Sparling, Clarence Dunseith, P.Z.; William Hanley, Z. 

47 Gordon Ford, Reg. Meen, P.Z.'s. 

53 James A. McCabe, Z.; E. E. Hayes, H. 

54 J. Pickston, Z.; Vermont Pow, Dr. C. A. Bell, H. Fackrell, P.Z.'s. 

55 Merton Gorham, Z.; I. B. Collard, C. A. Larson, E. A. Staines, P.Z.'s. 

56 Leo F. Sparnaay, Z.; R. V. Garbutt, J. G. Cruickshank, G. S. Mat- 
thais, P.Z.'s. 

57 R. White, P.Z. 

59 J. L. Buehlow, Z.; W. Munro, H.; A. Johnston, J.; R. H. Miller, G. 
R. Sawyer, A. Regan, P.Z.'s. 

62 J. H. Cook, Z.; E. A. Hubbard, H.; W. J. Grierson, C. M. Platten, 
G. W. Middleton, G. A. Cooper, D. B. Young, Jos. Shield, J. M. Hood, 
H. B. Wilkinson, D. B. Filsinger, S. S. Kell, P.Z.'s. 

63 George A. Stewart, Z.; J. W. McFadyen, C. O. Bridge, P.Z.'s. 

64 B. D. Penwarden, Z.; C. E. Griffin, E. C. Hudon, R. H. Dilamarter, 
P Z 's 

65 L # . R. Evans, Z.; W. L. Darnell, H.; W. J. Oatman, J.; Cecil E. Davis, 
John F. Boehm, R. A. Dorrell, Maxwell Clark, P.Z.'s. 

66 James Doig, W. J. F. Bell, Orville Oake, J. C. Britton, P.Z.'s. 

67 Frank B. Johnson, Roy Ribinson, Forrest A. Inch, P.Z.'s. 

68 Verdun Crozier, Z.; C. Beckett, Ernest Dangerfield, Gideon S. Pur- 
cell, Lome Dool, P.Z.'s. 

69 F. McMaster, Z.; L. L. Lynburner, G. A. Dequetteville, P.Z.'s. 

72 David Hollinger, Z.; Alan Alexander Foote, H.; Gordon W. Bailey, 
Burton Wodbeck, P.Z.'s. 

73 Peter L. Lalonde, Alfred Overfield, P.Z.'s. 

74 Frank Hendry, Z.; E. Moran, Walter Kelly, Evan Denmis, M. E. 
Gare, P.Z.'s. 

75 Edwin Harrop, R. J. Hamilton, Frank Chisholm, P.Z.'s. 

76 George Manuel, Z.; Robert Philips, H.; C. L. Dill, N. F. Farrington, 
P Z 's 

77 Frank Harris, Z.; G. Hendle, J.; S. E. Solley, Harold Smith, G. W. 
Elms, J. E. Jenkins, Sam Bustard, G. K. Hogaboom, F. P. Wratten, 
Percy R. Helm, Clifford Aikins, J. L. Dobson, A. L. Lee, Frank Kerr, 
James T. Henderson, Jake Wakeford, P.Z.'s. 

79 Peter Pearson, Z.; Ralph Gordon Macdonald, H.; Alfred Henry 
Jones, Leith Longmore Querie, Alfred Jas. Robert Moxon, Albert 
Edward O'Halloran, Harland Ornieval Johnson, Arthur Cook, P.Z.'s. 

80 Howard T. Henderson, A.; A. Ross Bourne, Clarence W. Flett, Dr. 
George E. Turner, Charles E. Hillman, P.Z.'s. 

81 R. Sinden, Z.; Bert Stratton, H. P. Grant, L. Simpson, P.Z.'s. 

82 H. W. Davidson, Z. 

83 W. J. McCall, R. G. Gillespie, D. VanNorman, P.Z.'s. 

84 Maclnglis, H.; Dr. K. M. MacLennan, K. H. Saxton, Thos. Burke, 
John MacLean, A. J. H. MacDonald, Alex Robertson, James Muir, 
J. Carman Thompson, C. Lawrie Cousins, Charles Thomas, John 
Blackwell, P.Z.'s. 


88 Harold Martin, Z.; Harold Garrod, H.; Arthur Cracknell, J.; Richard 
Cadwallader, Thomas Ellis, P.Z.'s 

90 John Milloy, P.Z. 

91 Richard Bolt, Z.; Robert F. Wilson, J.; J. A. Hewat, Alf Geary, 
Clare Howes, L. W. L. Dixon, E. J. Brown, R. E. P. Coleman, H. W. 
Powell, P.Z.'s 

94 George McCombe, P.Z. 

95 A. F. Gamble, Z.; L. Brownlee, H.; Pieter Gregman, John MacKay, 
Ernest Smith, A. F. Killah, P.Z.'s. 

102 H. Hasen, A.; E. E. McWilliams, E. C. Price, W. B. Hillmer, P.Z.'s. 
104 F. C. DeVeuve, J.; Stan Portch, Gordon K. Brown, W. S. Thomson, 

110 James Bird, Harry Ewing, P.Z.'s. 

113 Gordon E. Cameron, Z. 

114 W. J. Gilhooly, H.; H. W. Mayhew, W. L. Byers, J. R. New, H. C. 
Skinner, P.Z.'s. 

115 Claude Spicer, P.Z. 

116 David T. Steele, H.; W. H. Edwards, M. P. Morris, A. J. Dickie, P.Z.'s. 

117 Ronald M. Weekes, Q.; Ivan Marshall, Allen C. Mason, P.Z.'s; G. H. 
Shannon, P.Z. 

119 Lawrence Hillman, Z.; John A. Mclntyre, R. Willett, A. S. H. Cree, 

129 Richard Thorne, Z.; Melborne Stewart, H.; Lloyd Sorsdahl, J.; Fer- 
gus Lannin, P.Z. 

130 Dalton E. Moffatt, A.; Lome B. Evans, E. H. Gorrell, P.Z.'s. 

132 Harry Trueman, P.Z. 

133 G. H. Patterson, G. A. Phillips Jr., J. J. Carpenter, G. P. Marshall, 
G. W. Morrison, F. Fairfield, P.Z.'s. 

134 Lance A. Patterson, A.; Arthur Hackney, H.; Don Wetherald, J.; 
C. McPhail, P.Z. 

135 H. V. Watson, Chas. S. Feasby, C. W. Heard, L. M. Nicholls, Mathew 
Veitch, G. G. Gregg, J. K. Noble, E. R. Fairman, J. D. Hill, T. C. 
Croxall, W. J. Morgan. M. D. Feasby, R. J. Warren, P.Z.'s. 

138 Arthur D. Hamilton, Z.; Eric G. Whalley, H.; Robert Young, J.; 
Percy James, Maarten Van Wamelen, Ernest H. Moyle, George Gunn, 
Bernard Spencer, Harold O. Hughes, Joseph Benson, Chas. E. Wells, 
Earl H. Hughes, Robert E. Story, Clifford E. Rich, P.Z.'s. 

140 J. D. Sokoloski, Z. 

144 K. A. McQuoid, P.Z. 

145 George McKye, A.; Frank Knowles, H.; Wm. E. Pomeroy, Maurice 
A. Searle, Lance B. Morrison, Thomas R. Tompkins, Sidney Wood- 
ward, P.Z.'s. 

146 Walter Neable, J.; S. J. Coghlin, W. H. Sargent, J. E. Smith, W. M. 
Henderson, J. A. Wilson, George McKechnie, Fred Day, Oscar 
Thompson, Bert Hastings, Douglas W. Kidd, J. S. Gee, Elmer 
Johnston, Douglas Hammond, W. J. Cockwell, Leroy Zurbrigg, P.Z.'s. 

147 J. W. Stewart, P.Z. 

150 Wm. E. McDonald, Z.; Edward S. P. Carson, Joseph W. Carson, 
P Z 's 

151 J. E. Brown, P.Z. 

152 B. F. Warner, I. W. Smith, S. R. L. Newman, P.Z's 

153 Al Gray, H; John Burnett, E. K. Rupert, Thos. MacNally, George 
Lauzon, P.Z.'s. 

155 Albert Martin. John D. Calder, P.Z. 
161 Thomas Lloyd, R. F. Dafoe, P.Z.'s. 

167 C. Laughlin, Ralph Rufus Wilson, Frank Elmore Whiteman, P.Z.'s. 

168 Edward Thompson, A; Jos. Poulton, P.Z. 

169 W. R. Rice, Z. 

175 Walter Baldwin, Sr. J; T. Howard Ralph, F. W. Dean, C. R. Smith, 
J. D. Dunbar, E. Hudson, P.Z.'s. 


184 Wm. Rostron, H. S. Winkworth, P.Z.'s. 

195 Wm. Sproule, M. Clark, W. B. Cannon, J. Arehdekin, H. McClure, 

H. Spratt, P.Z.'s. 
198 Wm. Clare Calverley, H; H. G. Graham, M. A. MacDonald, Wm. L. 

Patterson, D. J. Cossey, P.Z.'s 
205 Cecil Smith, G J. Hall, P.Z.'s. 
210 Donald K. Campbell, Z.; G. E. Young, H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z.'s. 

212 Louis Hermant, Q.C. Z.; Michael Sandler, Max Cooper, Abraham 
Fox, Harry E. Savlov, Dr. Sam Perlman, Samuel Abrams, Harold 
Sayles, Murray Fidler, Aube L. Weisman, Milton Gottlieb, Syd B. 
Bederman, Louis Ritter, Fred Sheldon, Ned Austin, Irving M. Ingles, 
Sam Tenenbaum, Ben Walters, Maurice A. Searle, Alf Geary, Fred 
W. D. Welham, James W. Woodland, P.Z.'s. 

213 Wm. J. Cock, Z.; R. G. Childs, P.Z. 

214 Burton A. Russell, P.Z.. 

215 Roy Younker, W. B. Angst, Herbert Jones, D. C. Reedie, P.Z.'s. 

217 Albert E. Neill, Z.; John L. House, John A. Burton, James Turn- 
bull, Wm. Wyllie, W. J. Raeburn, A. H. Baldwin, Colin C. Kerr, 

218 T. H. McGhee J. Alex Mawdsley, Lloyd Armstrong, P.Z.'s. 

219 Peter Taylor, Z.; Joseph Higginson, H. John Crawford, Joseph 
McCullough, David MacLachlan, James Bremner, Garfield Anthony, 
George Sheams, Herbert Kestevan, Charles Bryson, Peter Gallagher, 
John Crawford P.Z.'s. 

220 Barry Watson, Z.; Alex Grant, J. A. Evans, W. M. Creech, W. F. 
Leuty, G. H. Horner, Z. R. Jefferson, A. R. McDougall, P. Mc- 
Gregor, S V. Meakings, P.Z.'s. 

222 Wilbert Dawson Taylor, Henry T. C. Humphries, James S. Aber- 
nathy, James Walter Tuck, Cedric Cecil Dale, Clifford Alex Church- 
ill, Frederick Fallis Horton, Wm. Robert Rowsome, Wm. C. Pescod, 

223 Parker Faler, Horace A. Jones, Wallace Layte, P.Z.'s. 

224 Melville G. Spiers, Z.; Lome F. Cunningham, Donald Falkiner, G. 
Ben Cowman, P.Z.'s. 

225 Tak Nishino Z.; Fred W. D. Welham, John T. Wallace, Joseph 
Brown, John E. Richardson, Donald P. Magee, Wm. D. Sturch, P.Z.'s 

226 A. G. L. Blanchard, Z.; Keith Jordan, H.; J. Alan Jordan, P.Z. 

227 Norman Meldrum, Z.; Bruce H. Smith, Chas. Batt, Cyril McMullen, 
L. A. Courtemanche, Ernie L. Goodman, Oarm. Guest, P.Z.'s. 

230 J. W. Arnold, P.Z.. 

231 John Inglis, Z.; Robert Lewis, H.; Hiram Ross, J. W. Woodland, 
H. L. Martyn, W. K. Herd, E. C. Shunk, George E. Henry, Harold 
Edmondson, Albert W. Johnson, W. J. Bain, John C. Crockatt, P.Z.'s 

232 J. Lloyd Mellor, Z.; Cecil J. Wilkins, H.; Frank W. Selleck, J.; 
Albert S. Currie, W. W. Lester, A. G. Sullivan, E. Barber, E. J. 
Ridgway, J P. Jollymore, P.Z.'s. 

233 Wm. Dunlop, Z.; J. Burns, W. E. Gardner, D. Wilson, P.Z.'s. 

234 W. E. Wilson, Z.; J. E. McCaig, J. G. Noble, J. F. Armstrong, S. 
Penrice, P.Z.'s. 

235 John Hepple, Z.; E. J. Eveleigh, P.Z. 

236 Albert V. Waterhouse, Z.; Edgar C. Reid, Edward Burke, H. S. 
Merrall, Charles Marteson, P.Z.'s. 

238 Craig R. Leuty, Z.; Victor L. Hopwood, Wm. G. Chapman, Eldon 
W. Mitchell, I. E. Fortner, W. L. Davie?, Joseph Hessey, P.Z.'s. 

239 Vester Russell, P.Z. 

240 J. N. Davis, Sam Magder, P.Z.'s. 

241 J. Young, H. S. Biggs, C. R. Roberts, W. E. Bailey, D. F. Johnston, 


242 W. Poole, J.; Wm. Chakraft, G. W. Hotham, Milton S. Thompson, 

243 Fred W. Oheckley, P.Z. 

245 G. A. Braby, Z. 

246 J. K. Whitfield, Z.; K. J. Campbell, R. H. Taylor, A. F. Nisbet, Jr., 
H. E. Harrison, C. L. Harron, D. Danbv, E. Oarruthers, G. C. Laing, 
Wm. B. Hillman, J. W. Woodland, P.Z.'s 

247 Henry Matton, Z; Ronald Sellers, H.; E. Bruce Ford, J.; Garfield 
M. Kirkpatrick, L. J. Gent, Hallet Banks, Robert Sutherland, Ralph 
Neely, P.Z.'s. 

248 George R. Clarke, P.Z.. 

249 E. F. R. Osborne, W. Teeple, P.Z. 

250 Roberto W. Purdy, J. 

251 Carl Rein-holt, Z.; E. A. Lavers, P.Z. 

252 Lawrence Scott, Z.; Frank Brooks, Jas. Howard Coleman, P.Z.'s. 

253 Edward J. Holland, Z.; Ronald Gash, H.; Charles Heaman, J.; F. 
M. Given, R. L. Hazen, P.Z.'s. 

254 John Milloy, P.Z. 

255 Fred W. Evans, Z.; Clare McBride, H.; Clinton Scott, Francis Rubie, 
P Z 's 

257 K. R.' Shore, Z.; 

258 Fred Conley, Walderman Smalley, P.Z.'s. 

260 Victor W. Newman, Z.; Alfred Thomas Williams, H.; Alfred Thorp, 
J.; Leonard Stroud, William Allison McKague, Arthur R. McDoug- 
all, William A. Hamilton, William C. Arch, Frank W. Leuty, W. 
Howard Carr, P.Z.'s. 

261 Glen Junkin, Z.; Morley King, H.; E. L. Jackson, Sidney Perry, 

262 Lance Bidw, Z.; John E. Richardson, Fred Scott, Ralph J. Cocks, 
C. Douglas Reading, P.Z.'s. 

263 W. Brown, Z.; R. K. Muir, H.; T. G. Colby, H. C. May, G. A Cooper, 
W. J, Grierson, P.Z.'s. 

The following Chapters were not represented: St. Johns No. 48, 
Granite No. 61, Prince of Wales No. 71, Minnewawa No. 78, St. Johns 
No. 112, Amabel No. 131, Leeds No. 132, Glengarry No. 143, St. Johns 
No. 148, Lome No. 164, Durham No. 221, Quetico No. 259. 
145 Chapters represented 
12 Chapters not represented 


There were 678 registered delegates having a total vote of 885. 

Most Excellent Sir, your Committee wishes to point out to you, 
and through you, to the Companions present that there were a number 
of Chapters who through their own neglect, were denied the privilege 
of voting at this Grand Session because of their failure to make their 
Annual Returns on time specified by the Constitution. Your Committee 
does not relish the abuse received when these Delegates are refused the 
privilege to Vote. 

All of w^hichi is fraternally submitted. 

CLARE HOWES, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by V. Ex. Comp. Clare Howes, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. W. Woodland, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
call the roll of represenatives of sister jurisdictions when they 
assembled before, the Altar. The following Grand Representatives 
answered their names: 

Alberta — Ohias. W. Emmett 

Argentina — Andrew Nisbet, Jr. 

Arizona — Edward Marshall 

Arkansas — J. Howard Coleman 

California. — B. M. Conron 

Colorado — Cyril Mc Mullen 

Delaware — W. J. Grierson 

District of Columbia^ — Bruce H. Smith 

Florida — Gordon Brown 

France — Geo. Phillips 

Illinois — J. W. Woodland 

Iowa — Carroll E. Griffin 

Ireland— R. W. E. McFadden 

Kansas — Milton Gottlieb 

Kentucky— Rev. A. S. H. Oree 

Louisiana; — Joseph Carson 

Maine — Lome E. Vaughan 

Manitoba — Arthur W. Ayre 

Maryland — 'Leo. J. Gent 

Massachusetts — Dr. Fraser Hay 

Michigan — Fred W. Dean 

Minnesota — F. Carl Ackert 

Mississippi — H. T. C. Humphries 

Missouri — H. S. Biggs 

Nebraska — A. V. Roy 

Netherlands — Ohas. A. Batt 

New Brunswick — Abe Cavaniagh 

New Hampshire — N. M. Sprague 

New Jersey — G. Harold Shannon 

New Mexico — J. A. Kennedy 

New Zealand— Dr. J. Austin Evans 

North Carolina — W. Leslie Davies 

North Dakota — Wm. H. Gummer 

Nova Scotia — Stanley Portch 

Oklahoma — R. J. Hamilton 

Oregon — John J, Robins 

Pennsylvania — John L. House 

Philippines — Wm. E. Gardner 

Quebec — M. A. Searle 

Saskatchewan— James E. Girven 

Scotland — James Turnbull 

South Dakota— F. W. D. Welham 

Switzerland — L. B. Morrison 

Texas — Allan C. Mason 

Utah — Lloyd Gillespie 

Vermont — Norman Farrington 

Virginia — John J Carpenter 

Wyoming — George Shute 

Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch in extending a warm 
welcome to the representatives expressed his appreciation for the large 
representation of the representatives of Grand Chapters with whom 
we are in fraternal accord, and directed that they make contact with 
their respective Grand Chapters and to send our greetings and best 
wishes in order to strengthen our fraternal bond with the sister juris- 
dictions. Grand Honors were given. 



To the Officers and Companions of The Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

My Companions: 

It is with mixed emotions that I stand before you to report 

on my stewardship as your Grand First Principal, for the Masonic 

year just completed. 

I am happy to have the privilege of extending a most hearty 
and warm welcome to all my Companions, to this our one hun- 
dred and tenth annual convocation. We are particularly pleased 
to welcome the Distinguished Guests from our sister jurisdictions. 
It is a real delight to see some old friends once again, and cer- 
tainly a great pleasure to meet our new guests who are visiting 
with us for the first time. 

During our visits to other Grand jurisdictions, we were par- 
ticularly impressed with the gracious hospitality and the warm 
affection with which we were received. The friendships cement- 
ed through these Masonic ties will remain with us throughout our 
lifetime, and shall be a continual source of inspiration to us. 

We sincerely hope all our guests will have a most pleasant 
and enjoyable stay with us. 

It is a great pleasure for me to extend, on behalf of all 
present, our most sincere and cordial greetings to our beloved 
Companion, Most Worshipful Bro. Donald J. Gunn, the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. <S A.M. of Canada, in tha Province 
of Ontario. 

Most Worshipful Sir, we honour you for the distinguished 
leadership you are giving to our Craft, and pledge our loyalty 
and support to you and the Grand Lodge at all times. 

Being affiliated with Hamilton area in both my Lodge and 
Chapter, it necessarily follows I would have frequent opportuni- 
ties to see our Grand Secretary; Most Worshipful Bro. and Ex. 
Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, M.C., Q.C. To you Most Worshipful Sir 
our felicitations, we are pleased you could be with us today. 

Our Grand Chapter convocation would not be complete 
without the distinguished representatives from other Masonic 

We extend warmest fraternal greetings to the representatives 
from: The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, Knights Templar; 
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; Grand Council of Royal 
and Select Masters of the Cryptic Rite; The Masonic and Military 
Order of the Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; and the 


Order of High Priesthood. We are grateful to them for their 

May the Masonic bonds that bind us together make us ever 
mindful of the duties we owe to one another. May the Blessing 
of the Great Jehovah enable us to keep the Masonic Tradition 
pure and unsullied as a rallying point for all men of goodwill, and 
when it becomes our time to leave this Earthly Temple may we 
find eternal joy and bliss in the Heavenly Temple prepared for 
us by our Creator and Judge. 


In this vein, may we approach our Memorial Service for 
those who have gone before us. We deeply mourn their passing, 
yet are keenly aware of their contribution to our Ancient and 
Honourable Institution. 

Companions, let us remember: 

Every memory is a keepsake 

With which we will never part 
God has them in His keeping 
We have them in our heart. 
In due course during our convocation the Committee on Fra- 
ternal Dead, under the Chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Comp. W. H. 
Cheetham will give a more complete report on our losses for the 
entire jurisdiction. 

To the Principals Association of Toronto, Districts 8 and 8A 
we offer our sincere thanks and that of all the Companions pre- 
sent, for their kind invitation to hold our Convocation in this great 
and impressive City of Toronto. 

At any large gathering such as this, it requires the work of 
dedicated men, who spare no effort to achieve success. To all 
those involved in the intricate planning, the myriad of detail, 
we express our gratitude and our deep thanks. 


To visit with one's Companions is always a rewarding and 
exhilarating experience; whether it be in our own area or one of 
our neighbouring jurisdictions. The exchange of friendly greet- 
ings, the warm hospitality, the opportunity of practising those 
tenets we so often admire, all of these things make us happy we 
are numbered among the Royal Fraternity. 

We strongly recommend to all our Chapters that an annual 
plan for inter Chapter visitations be drawn up and carried out. 

On your behalf, as your Grand First Principal, we visited 
many Chapters and took part in the Installation Ceremonies. 
Many of you kindly permitted us to accompany you and join in 


your Craft Lodge Installations, and for this, we wish to express 
our thanks. 

In all cases, we were graciously received and warmly wel- 

I am not going to mention all such visits but would like to 
briefly mention a new experience for me. We were invited to 
Lambeth Temple to witness the joint installation ceremonies of 
seven Chapters in the District. 

I am happy to report it was an inspiring sight, and one which 
is deserving of study by our Chapters, particularly those within 
easy travelling distance. 

Our congratulations to London District for a good job, well 
planned, well organized, and well executed. 

In addition to the Installation visitations, we were privileged 
and honoured to be present at the following Grand Chapter Con- 
vocations in sister jurisdictions: 

May 5, 1967 — The Grand Chapter of New Jersey at Trenton, 

May 13, 1967— The Grand Chapter of New Hampshire at 
Concord, N.H. 

May 20, 1967— The Grand Chapter of Connecticut at Hart- 
ford, Conn. 

Oct. 4, 1^67— The Grand Chapter of Ohio at Dayton, Ohio. 

Dec. 12, 1967— The Grand Chapter of Massachusetts at 
Boston, Mass,. 

Mar. 15, 1968— The Grand Chapter of Illinois at Chicago, 111. 

Apr. 4, 1968 — The Grand Chapter of Indiana at Indianapolis, 

On October 20, 1967, we were represented at the Grand 
Chapter of Michigan by Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean. At the 
Grand Chapter of British Columbia by our Grand Third Principal 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham. While Rt. Ex. Comp. W. H. 
Cheetham attended the Grand Chapter of Minnesota on our 
behalf. We wish to express our thanks to these Companions. 

Our plans were all firmed up to attend the Grand Chapter of 
New York, but unfortunately bad flying weather prevented our 
attendance. We offer our apologies to that Grand Body and re- 
gret any inconvenience we may have caused them by our ab- 

Further visitations were, as follows: 

May 9, 1967— White Oak #104 Oak ville— Past Gr. Supt. Night. 

May 18, 1967— St. Clair #75 Milton— H.R.A. degree team. 

May 26, 1967— Ulster #219 Toronto— Presented Life Member- 


June 3, 1967— Tor. District Sr. & Jr. Wardens Assoc. — Guest 

July 12, 1967— Attended The Sovereign Great Priory of Can- 
ada — Ottawa. 

July 18, 1967— Attended Gr. Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Can. in 
Prov. of Ont. — Toronto. 

Sept. 15, 1967— Huron Chapter #30 — 100th Anniversary — 
Guest Speaker. 

Sept. 30, 1967— London District #2 — Royal Arch Ball — 

Oct. 10, 1967— White Oak #104 Oakville — Grand Chapter 
Night — R.A.M. Degree. 

Oct. 14, 1967— Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Ball — 
Toronto — Guest. 

Oct. 15, 1967— Hamilton District #5 — District Divine Service 
— Knox Presbyterian Church, Oakville. 

Oct. 21, 1967— Tuscan Chapter #95 — Sudbury — Guest 

Oct. 24, 1967— Port Credit #230 Port Credit— Guest Speaker. 

Oct. 26, 1967— High Park Lodge A.F. & A.M. — Royal Arch 
Degree Team — Guest Speaker. 

Oct. 28, 1967— Hamilton District #5 — Oakville — Reception. 

Oct. 29, 1967— Toronto District #8 and 8 A — District Divine 
Service — York Memorial Presbyterian Church — Toronto. 

Nov. 6, 1967— St. Andrew & St. John's #4 — Toronto — Grand 
Chapter Night. 

Nov. 7, 1967— Mt. Sinai #212 — Toronto — Past Gr. Supt. 

Nov. 10, 1967— Occident #77 — Toronto — Memorial Ser- 
vice — Presented 50 and 25 year jewels. 

Nov. 12, 1967 — Grand Z.'s Divine Service — Burlington, Zim- 
merman United Church. 

Nov. 18, 1967— 31st Capitular District — Gr. Chapter of New 
York, Hamburg, N.Y. — Guest Speaker. 

Nov. 21, 1967— Ancaster Chapter #155 — Ancaster — Pre- 
sented 50 Year Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. Albert Martin. 

Nov. 28, 1967— Port Credit #230 — Port Credit — H.R.A. 
degree team. 

After the Christmas recess and the January installation 
period, we had the great pleasure of attending the Principals 
Association dinner for District 8 and 8A in Toronto on January 
29, 1968. 

This is an outstanding evening in the Toronto area, and other 
Districts would be well advised to emulate this traditional night, 


when all present and past principals unite for a social evening 
of real companionship. 

February 9, 1968 we travelled to Couchiching Chapter #198 
Orillia in the company of Most Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Emmett and 
Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham for a Master Masons night. 

It was a most enjoyable evening, and we hope profitable 
in interesting new members for Couchiching Chapter. 

February 16, 1968 was an evening long to be remembered. 
In the company of Rt. Ex. Companions Fred Scott and Ed. Mar- 
shall of our Gr. Chapter, together with Comp. Wood, Scribe E. of 
White Oak Chapter, we journeyed to Mt. Nebo Chapter #76 
Chippawa, there to present five 50 year jewels. Unfortunately 
one Companion was unable to be with us, but four members, all 
of Mt. Nebo Chapter were present to receive their 50 year jewels. 
Their names are inscribed elsewhere in this report. 

It was a proud and happy Gr. First Principal who performed 
this duty on your behalf. 

March 9, 1968 — We were guest speaker at Tweed Lodge, 
A.F. & A.M. Ladies' Nite. It was a most enjoyable evening well 
attended by the Brethren of the area and their Ladies. 

March 27, 15)68 — We attended a very interesting meeting of 
the Principals Association of Niagara District #7 at Wilson Chap- 
ter #64, Welland, Ontario. 

March 29, 1968— The Hamilton District #5 Prinicpals Asso- 
ciation were our hosts and several items of Royal Arch interest 
were discussed. 

April 3, 1968— Mimico Chapter #215 — Toronto — Gr. Chap- 
ter Night 

April 16, 1968— Hamilton Chapter #175 — Hamilton — H.R.A. 

In all of these visitations, I was accompanied by various 
members of our Grand Chapter, and I wish to express my heart- 
felt gratitude to each and every one of them for being with me to 
l3nd dignity and decorum to every occasion. 


This year, as last year, we had the great pleasure of taking 
part in Dedication Ceremonies at several new Temples. It is 
gratifying to your Grand Council to see the fine new accommo- 
dations available for your meetings. 

The new modern materials are making these Temples warm 
friendly places, in which to enjoy Masonic fellowship. 


May the work thus commenced in order, be conducted in 
peace, and bring harmony to all. 

The following is the list of dedications: 

Sept. 23, 1967— St. Paul's Chapter #242 — Lambeth. 
Sept. 29, 1967— Lebanon Chapter #220 — Etobicoke. 
Nov. 11, 1967— Mount Nebo Chapter #76 — Chippawa. 
Nov. 25, 1967— McCallum Chapter #29 — Dunnville. 
To the Grand Chapter Officers, who assisted at these dedi- 
cation ceremonies, my sincere thanks. Your loyal help and un- 
tiring efforts set a bright example for those who follow you. 

I would particularly like to note that we were honoured to 
have M. Wor. Bro. and V. Ex. Comp. James N. Allen take part in 
the ceremonies at his home Chapter, McCallum #29 — Dunnville. 

Sixty Years a Royal Arch Mason 

This year your Grand Chapter was privileged to present two 
60 year bars to Companions who had been honoured with 50 
year jewels back in 1958. 

It is remarkable that both of these Companions are members 
of the same Chapter, Fort William Chapter #140, G.R.C. 

Companion James A. Walker at age 102, typed, and signed 
his letter of appreciation himself, and the letter is on file in the 
Grand Scribe E.'s office. 

Companion Malcolm Fraser at age 84 is presently in poor 
health, but he too, sent his expression of thanks to us via our 
District Superintendent. 

Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason 

The Hiram Chapter No. 2 — Comp. Albert Beare, Comp. Harold E. Cope. 
St. Andrew & St. John Chapter No. 4— Comp. Charles A. Rogers. 
St. John's Chapter No. 6-^Comp. Arthur Floyd White. 
The Moira Chapter No. 7 — Comp. Frank Hinchey, Comp. Norman Kerr, 

Comp. Thomas Norman Gordon Williamson. 
Tecumseh Chapter No. 24 — Comp. James Roberts. 
St. Mark's Chapter No. 26— Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith Hendricks, Comp. 

Hector Maitland Hutt, Ex. Comp. Harold Edmund McClung, Comp. 

Herbert Benjamin Smith. 
Pentalpha Chapter No. 28^Ex. Comp. C. R. Mcintosh. 
Prince Edward Chapter No. 31— Comp. Arthur McLean Thompson. 
Keystone Chapter No. 35 — Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Jones. 
Corinthian Chapter No. 36 — Comp. H. Maxwell Yelland. 
Guelph Chapter No. 40 — Comp. Henry Cooper, Comp. Thomas Elmer 

Gould, Comp. Walter Salmon, V. Ex. Comp. William Ward Swindell. 
Wellington Chapter No. 47 — Comp. Gordon W. Jamieson. 
Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter No. 59 — Comp. Sterling McDougall. 
Keystone Chapter No. 72— Rt. Ex. Comp. Gilbert Bedford. 


Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76 — Rt. Comp. George E. French, Rt. Comp. 

Charles L. Leys, Comp. William C. Pretty, Rt. Ex. Comp. John 

R. Weare, Ex Comp. William E. Weir. 
Shuniah Chapter No. 82 — Comp. Ben. Hey, Comp. John McNeill, V. Ex. 

Comp. John Cameron Whiteman Parsons, Comp. Harold W. Walton. 
MacNabb Chapter No. 88 — Comp. William Glasgow. 
Toronto-Antiquity Chapter No. 91 — Comp. Kalib N. Saba, Comp. Alfred 

Henry Taylor. 
Fort William Chapter No. 140 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert Jamieson, Comp. 

Britton Howard Hands, Comp. Edward Weighill. 
The St. Patrcik Chapter No. 145 — Comp. George Potts, Comp. Thomas 

Francis Ranee, Comp. Thomas William Wauchope. 
Lucknow Chapter No. 147 — Comp. John W. Joynt. 
Sombra Chapter No. 153—-G. F. Glassford. 
Ancaster Chapter No. 155 — Rt. Ex. Comp. A. S. Martin. 
Ionic Chapter No. 168 — Comp. Arthur Alfred Tripp. 
Couchiching Chapter No. 198 — Comp. George Page. 
Quinte Friendship Chapter No. 227— Comp. Roy G. Stafford. 
St. Paul's Chapter No. 242— Comp. Rev. Percy N. Streeter. 

For Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal 

The Moira Chapter No. 7 — V. Ex. Comp. Robert Eastbrook Houston, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Everett Carl Wood. 
Wawanosh Chapter No. 15 — Ex. Comp. Ernest Spinks. 
Oxford Chapter No. 18 — V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Wishart. 
Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19 — Ex. Comp. Delbert McKay Falls. 
Tecumseh Chapter No. 24 — V. Ex. Comp. Roy Herbert Davies. 
St. Mark's Chapter No. 26 — Rt. Ex. Comp. James Augustus Pow. 
Manitou Chapter No. 27 — Rt. Ex. Comp. W. Chalmers Gorsline. 
Pentalpha Chapter No. 28 — Ex. Comp. William Lloyd Pierson. 
McCallum Chapter No. 29 — Ex. Comp. Alban Lawrence Norton. 
Signet Chapter No. 34 — V. Ex. Comp. George Arthur Cooper, Ex. Comp. 

John Cecil Monkman. 
Wellington Chapter No. 47 — Ex. Comp. Joseph Elmore Barbour. 
St. John's Chapter No. 48 — Ex. Comp. John Bennett. 
St. Paul's Chapter No. 65 — V. Ex. Comp. George Rutherford McBride, 

V. Ex. Comp. Henry George Robb. 
Grimsby Chapter No. 69 — Ex. Comp. Clarence Whitney Lewis. 
Keystone Chapter No. 72 — V. Ex. Comp. William Harper Rollins. 
Beaver Chapter No. 74 — Ex. Comp. Ernest S. Moran. 
Occident Chapter No. 77 — Ex. Comp. Ormand Eustace Kennedy. 
Orient Chapter No. 79 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Leith Longmore Querie. 
Shuniah Chapter No. 82 — Ex. Comp. John Mitchell Clarke, Very Ex. 

Comp. John Cameron Whitemore Parsons. 
Lebanon Chapter No. 84 — Ex. Comp. William T. Booth, Rt. Ex. Comp. 

W. Stanley Hall, Ex. Comp. Dr. G. G. McKee. 
MacNabb Chapter No. 88— Ex. Comp. Stanley Hanks. 
Tuscan Chapter No. 95 — V. Ex. Comp. William Ernest Whitaker Cres- 

Algonquin Chapter No. 102 — Ex. Comp. George Elmer Lee. 
St. John's Chapter No. 103— R. Ex. Comp. James Telmack Mitchell. 
Bonnechere Chapter No. 114 — Ex. Comp. Harry Hinchley. 
Maple Chapter No. 116 — Ex. Comp. Douglas George Allan, Ex. Comp. 

Arthur Cooper. 
Kitchener Chapter No. 117 — Ex. Comp. Robert A. M. Carse, Ex. Comp. 

Edwin Downing. 
King Cyrus Chapter No. 119 — R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Bloomfield. 
The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 — M. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle. 


Bernard Chapter No. 146 — Ex. Comp. David Ivan Hill, Ex. Comp. James 

Edwin Smith. 
The Beaches Chapter No. 163 — Ex. Comp. Robert Kelly Metcalf. 
Kichikewana Chapter No. 167 — V. Ex. Comp. Francis Elmore White- 
Ionic Chapter No. 168 — Ex. Comp. Raymond Anson Connor. 
Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184 — Ex. Comp. Charles Hanna. 
Couchiching Chapter No. 198 — Ex. Comp. Joseph Aldersey Gibson. 
Victoria Chapter No. 205 — V. Ex. Comp. Gilbert Jas. Hall, Ex. Comp. 

John Stocks. 
Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 — Ex. Comp. Herman Ginsberg. 
Mimico Chapter No. 215 — Ex. Comp. William Aymer, Ex. Comp. Carl 

W. Roberts. 
Prince Edward Chapter No. 218 — R. Ex. Comp. Albert Henry Jelly. 
Ulster Chapter No. 219 — Ex. Comp. Clarence Henry Kesteven, V. Ex. 

Comp. Joseph William McCullough. 
Lebanon Chapter No. 220 — Rt. Ex. Comp. William Allison McKague. 
Ottawa Chapter No. 222— Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. William Ellis Meldrum, 

St. Clair Chapter No. 231— Ex. Comp. William K. Herd. 
King Cyrus Chapter No. 232 — Ex. Comp. Charles D. Streight. 
The St. Andrew Chapter No. 238— Ex. Comp. E. Clayton Smith. 
Blenheim Chapter No. 239— Rt. Ex. Comp. Eldred M. Smith. 
University Chapter No. 241— V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles. 
Preston Chapter No. 245 — Ex. Comp. Mervin Thomas Hagan. 
Hiawatha Chapter No. 252 — Ex. Comp. Fred H. Osborne, Ex. Comp. 

Comp. George William Parker, Ex. Comp. Frederick Tigwell. 


This is a Jewel few are privileged to wear. I am happy to 
report that the Committee on Distinguished Service Awards have 
advised me that three awards have been approved this year. 
The recipients are: 

Comp. Frederick Robert Ayers of Pentalpha Chapter #28. 
Comp. William Fairbrother of Grimsby Chapter #69. 
Comp. Frederick Roy Little of Mount Nebo Chapter #76. 
These Companions now join the select membership per- 
mitted to wear the Distinguished Service Award Jewel, we con- 
gratulate and honour these worthy members. 


One Hundred and forty-one dispensations were issued as 

Attend Divine Service 15 

Change of Day or Hour of Opening 66 

Permit Social Functions 17 

Amputations Initiated 2 

Dispense with Convocation in April 1 

Dispense with Convocation in June 8 

Dispense with Convocation in July 1 

Dispense with Convocation in August 1 

Dispense with Convocation in September 2 


Dispense with Convocation in December 3 

To confer three Degrees in one day 2 

Permit Special Emergent Convocations 5 

To receive Application contrary to Constitution 2 

To permit Joint Installation Ceremonies 5 

Advancement of Officers other than as required by 

Constitution 10 

Installation and Investure of Officers Contrary to 

Constitution 1 


The Companions will be interested to learn that a replace- 
ment warrant has been issued to Keystone Chapter #72 Stirling, 

This fine old Chapter had been working under a warrant 
issued to Keystone Chapter, No. 70, of St. Thomas. 

The reason for this, and the details are lost in antiquity. 
Keystone however are approaching their anniversary, and felt 
they should have a proper warrant. We agreed wholeheartedly, 
and our Grand Scribe "E." spent many hours searching for ma- 
terial that would make the new warrant authentic. The Chapter 
members were researched, early meeting dates, etc. It was a 
long and detailed search. 

We are happy to report Keystone #72 Stirling now have 
their warrant, and we look forward to celebrating their Anni- 
versary with them. 


Our Constitution is a noble document, and one upon which 
all our actions should be firmly based. 

It is therefore with regret that I must draw the attention of 
our Convocation to an incident wherein our Constitution, and the 
Rulings of Past Grand First Principals have been carelessly 

We choose to believe this was due to lack of knowledge 
rather than evil intent; even though lack of knowledge is of 
itself not a sufficient excuse. 

We have therefore issued instructions to the Grand Super- 
intendent of the District to deal with the matter in the name of 
the Grand Chapter, and we are assured no further incident of 
this kind will take place. 


New By-Laws Approved: 

Chapter No. 

Huron 30 



Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 

Chapter No. 

Ancient Frontenac & 

Cataraqui 1 

The Hiram 2 
The St. Andrew & 

St. John 4 

St. John's 6 

The Moira 7 

King- Solomon's 8 

Wawanosh 15 

Mount Horeb 20 

Ezra 23 

Tecumseh 24 

Prince Edward 31 

Signet 34 

Guelph 40 

Mount Sinai 44 

Wellington 47 

King Hiram 57 

Granite 61 

Keystone 72 

Erie 73 

The year just concluded has been one of the most active in 
recent times for amendments to By-Laws. This presented an 
unusually heavy work load for the Committee on Constitutions, 
Laws, and Jurisprudence. 

We wish to convey the sincere thanks of this Grand Chapter 
to Rt. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent for a task extremely well done. 


Following a recommendation from the Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Chapter of North Dakota, we issued a Commission to 
Most Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Rappley, Rte. #1, Jamestown, 58301, 
as our Grand Representative near that Grand Body. 

Chapter No. 

Beaver 74 

Aylmer 81 

Midland 94 

St. John's 103 

Maple 116 

Elliot 129 

Amabel 131 

King Darius 134 

Glengarry 143 

The St. Patrick 145 

Bernard 146 

Hugh Murray 184 

Victoria 205 

Mimico 215 

Quinte Friendship 227 

Smithville 240 

St. Paul's 242 

Dochert 248 

Regal 253 

Tyrian 258 


Vacancies having occurred in the representation of two 
Grand Chapters near our Grand Body, I was privileged to re- 
commend the following distinguished and dedicated Companions 
as representatives near the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Prov. of Ontario: 

ARIZONA— Rt. Ex. Comp. E. M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. S., 

NORTH CAROLINA— Rt. Ex. Comp. W. L. Davies, 171 Clair- 

mont Ave., London. 
These Companions are, in effect, our ambassadors with the 
Grand Chapters in other locations wheresoever dispersed over 


the face of the earth. It is my desire to re-affirm their responsi- 
bilities, and the responsibilities of all Comps. who have been 
commissioned as Grand Representatives. 

Each of these Comps. should seriously consider their duties 
and make a determined effort to hold regular communications 
with the Grand Jurisdiction they have the honour to represent. 


The work of this Committee is a living example of the true 
spirit of Masonry. They are to be commended for their untiring 
efforts to bring a ray of sunshine and hope to those who are 
confined to either home or hospital. 

As your Grand First Principal it is a privilege for me to pay 
humble tribute to all members of this Committee, and to those 
members of the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chapter #212, 
who are providing the same inspirational leadership in working 
with the Mentally Retarded Children. 

These welfare projects, as well as setting an outstanding 
image of R. A. Masonry to the outside world, are a source of 
inspiration to all Comps. of our order. 

Our individual Chapters should be giving serious considera- 
tion to similar projects in their own areas to stimulate the interest, 
and renew the zeal of their members. 


This Committee has worked both long and hard for the goal 
which it set for itself at its formation. The Chairman M. Ex. 
Comp. Maurice Searle has devoted his full energies to making 
a real success of this project. No one in our entire organization 
has shown more dedication to a task, more enthusiasm, more 
zeal, than has M. Ex. Comp. Searle for the Scholarship and Bur- 
sary fund. Yet many of our constituent Chapters have been non- 
commital, or at best lukewarm to this worthy cause. 

In the Scholarship <& Bursary Fund we have a ready made 
project for the participation of every member. We should ap- 
proach this not as something to which we make a half-hearted 
personal contribution, but rather as an item wherein we can sti- 
mulate extra interest within our Chapters. We should be plan- 
ning Chapter level projects aimed at raising funds, not merely 
asking the members for individual donations. 

My Companions, I ask you to give some serious thought to 
the efforts of your Chapter to this very worthwhile project. What 


better way is there for us to improve and reflect the image of 
R. A. Masonry, than to help our young folks to more productive 
lives within our great country? 


One of the most zealous and capable leaders in our Royal 
Craft, during his term of office as Grand First Principal, had the 
wisdom and foresight to institute this committee. 

He has worked closely with the Committee since its incep- 
tion, so that now it is one of our most active. 

Most Ex. Comp. Emmett is leaving no stone unturned in an 
effort to assist our Chapters by providing a continuous supply of 
information regarding the manner in which our ritual work should 
be undertaken, and has supplied, or arranged for, speakers at 
the banquet hour in many Chapters. 

The Chairman in the Districts are, (in the main) active in 
their efforts to provide help and information at the Chapters of 

Our constituent Chapters are not taking advantage of the 
opportunities provided by this Committee, and I strongly urge all 
Chapters to seek the assistance of this Committee in the formation 
of plans and designs for the coming year. Your Masonic Instruc- 
tion Committee was developed to assist you. Make good use 
of it. 


More and more in the business world, we are urged to plan 
for furture development. 

It is no secret that success for tomorrow lies in good planning 
today. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated R. A. Mason 
as Chairman of this Committee — Most Ex. Comp. James E. Gir- 
ven. His background of service to several organizations makes 
him a man well qualified to carry out the important task placed 
in his care. It is a piece of work which will require much re- 
search, a great deal of study and discussion, as well as consider- 
able time. 

We live in a changing world, and man is now transisting 
from one period of history to another. Perhaps all of the things 
that are happening to him are not of the best. Therefore, it is 
imperative that we, as Royal Arch Masons, retain an up-to-date 
outlook, ever ready to assist those, who need help, but with our 
feet firmly planted on the traditions of the past. 

It is my sincere hope that this Committee can find ways and 


means to help us re-create the interest in the Royal Craft we all 
desire, yet will permit us to retain unchanged the Masonic tenets 
and principals so vital to our Ancient and Honourable Institution. 
We look forward to progress in the future from the recommenda- 
tions proposed by this Committee. 


The Chairman of the Committee on the Condition of Capitu- 
lar Masonry, Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, will give us a full report 
on membership later in our deliberations. I would, however, like 
to make one or two observations. 

It is my firm conviction that we as individuals, are not 
making the desired effort necessary to direct attention to our 
Royal Craft. Why is this so? Surely we are as proud of Royal 
Arch Masonry as the members of other branches of our Masonic 
order are? Why then do we continue to have a declining mem- 

There are those amongst us, who will say that all fraternal 
and social organizations are down in membership. My Com- 
panions, relatively speaking that excuse is as poor an answer 
as we can find. 

Because all Masonry is drifting into a complacency is no 
reason why our Royal Craft has to follow. We have an institu- 
tion second to none. Those banners, with which we are all so 
familiar, were unfurled in the face of adversity, and because the 
men, who followed them had the courage of their convictions; 
those banners were preserved as symbols for our use today. 

Are we lesser men than they were? I think not, for we too 
have men of courage, of dedication, of zeal — yes, and men of 

Let us be aware of the heritage given to us by our Ancient 
Companions. Let as realize that new members are the very 
life blood of our organization, then let us take constructive action 
to correct the loss of membership situation, and let us take action 


Rising costs continue to be a major factor in all facets of our 
society. At our last convocation after several years of deficit 
financing, we recognized the necessity for a change in the per 
capita rate, if we were to balance our budget. 

It is with great pleasure that I announce a small surplus for 
the year just concluded. 


While this is good news, there is however an area which 
causes me considerable concern. Without encroaching on the 
time of the Committee that will report on membership later, I 
must point out that we had 442 withdrawals, and 267 suspensions. 
In hard cold figures this represents close to $1,000.00 lost revenue 
for Grand Chapter, as well as a much larger amount of dues lost 
to the Constituent Chapter. 

It therefore becomes very plain that more thought, more care 
and more planning must be put into an effort to overcome our 
losses by withdrawals, and suspensions. 

When the proceedings are published for 1968, I strongly urge 
those who are present to submit, in open Chapter, the facts, and 
figures outlined in this part of my report to you. 

It is important that we realize withdrawals, and suspensions 
are hurting us badly in a financial way, and in addition are hurt- 
ing our membership figures. This year would have shown an 
increase of 284 members instead of a decrease of 425 if with- 
drawals and suspensions had been arrested. 

We simply cannot afford to be complacent about this matter, 
we must take active steps at Chapter level to correct the situa- 
tion at once. This would also have the effect of enabling Chap- 
ters to keep up to date in their per capita payments, which in 
turn would reflect favourably on constituent Chapters, and Grand 
Chapters financial position. Companions this is a serious matter 
because it is actually the key to continued progress for the Royal 
Arch, and I am sure we are all interested in that. Let us give 
top priority in all Chapters to eliminating withdrawals, and sus- 
pensions, and when we do, we can look forward confidently to 
an increase in membership. 

Before closing my remarks on finance, I wish to say a special 
word of commendation to Rt. Ex. Companion Carl Ackert for 
taking over the duties of the Chairman of Finance after the resig- 
nation of the former Chairman. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Ackert has rendered long, and valuable ser- 
vice to this Grand Chapter, and we take this opportunity of 
expressing our thanks to him. 


One of our Companions has been honoured with the very 
demanding; yet most gratifying office in all Masonry, that of our 
Grand Master. 

We are very proud that he is an active Royal Arch Com- 
panion and are proud too, of the splendid leadership he is giving 
to the Craft. 


We venerate Most Worshipful Brother Donald J. Gunn, and 
the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of 

Our Grand Master, and our Grand Lodge have earned great 
respect from Masons in all areas, both at home, and abroad. 

A request has been received from his Chapter Shekinah #138 
to confer on Companion Donald J. Gunn the rank of a Past First 

Because of his close ties with us, and because of the great 
affection we have for him I recommend, with the unanimous con- 
sent of the Grand Executive that we confer on Companion Donald 
J. Gunn the rank of a Past First Principal. 

We have received a request from Ionic Chapter #83 Orange- 
ville to confer on Ex. Comp. A. Langdon the rank of a Past First 
Principal. Ex. Comp. A. Langdon was elected to the office of 
First Principal but due to ill health was not installed until April, 
1967. At this time his health has still not improved sufficiently 
for him to continue his duties. Until the time of his illness Ex. 
Comp. A. Langdon was a diligent worker for the Royal Craft in 
the Orangeville area, and I recommend that Past Rank be con- 


It has long been recognized that our Constitution should be 
carefully reviewed, and up dated. 

The last major review was undertaken some fifty years ago, 
and while more recent amendments have been made, these have 
dealt with specific areas only. 

It is time therefore that a general review, and up dating of 
the Constitution be undertaken. In this regard, last year Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Harold Shannon was appointed as Chairman of the Con- 
stitution Review Committee. 

This is a monumental task as those who have studied our 
Constitution will agree. It was felt at the beginning that it would 
take at least two to three years to make the progress necessary 
to place the new document in draft form before the Advisory 
Council in a draft form ready for study, and review. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Shannon, and his committee have advised me 
that a draft form is now available for study. 

I wish to commend Rt. Ex. Comp. Shannon for the dedication 
and zeal he has displayed in preparing this material. 

Our Grand Chapter is indeed fortunate to have Companions 
of the caliber of the men making up the Constitution Review 
Committee. We extend to them our sincere thanks. 



Most Ex. Comp. Girven pointed out in his address last year 
that our present Grand Chapter office location in the Temple 
Building was at best to be considered as temporary quarters. 
This area on which the building is situated, as well as, adjacent 
space is all zoned for urban renewal and will, we understand 
eventually become part of the Toronto Civic Center. 

Most Ex. Comp. Chas. Emmett has been appointed as a com- 
mittee to keep in touch with the situation, and endeavour to give 
us as much time as possible if, as, and when it becomes neces- 
sary for us to find a new location. 

The situation is under constant review by your Advisory 

We wish to express our thanks to Most Ex. Comp. Emmett for 
his constant, and continuing efforts on our behalf. 


One of the most recent committees approved by Grand 
Chapter was our Public Relations Committee. 

We have long felt that our Royal Craft was "hiding its light 
under a bushel". 

How then, are we to enlighten our Brethren of the Craft 
Lodges, if our only method is to be the spoken word? I believe 
our membership records indicate we are sadly lacking in the 
ability to speak for ourselves. 

Our Public Relations Committee under the Chairmanship of 
Rt. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson have done an outstanding job in 
getting press coverage of almost all of our featured evenings, in 
all parts of our jurisdiction. 

The pictures, and write ups have been excellent, and cer- 
tainly carry an impressive image for Royal Arch Masonry. 

In some areas the Committee were instrumental in arranging 
T.V. and Radio news coverage, and unless you are familiar with 
public relations, and publicity work, you will not fully appreciate 
the efforts of this Committee. 

Their work however was not confined to areas outside our 
Chapters, they efficiently, and effectively undertook the publica- 
tion of our first "Keystone". 

This pamphlet carries the special activities of many of the 
Chapters across our jurisdiction, and it is hoped that by publici- 
zing these events other Chapters may draw upon them for ideas, 
and for activities in their own areas. 


We sincerely hope our Companions will use the material 
and services provided by this Committee to increase interest in 
Royal Arch Masonry, and stimulate new applications for mem- 

This Committee deserves our heartfelt thanks for such a 
splendid effort on our behalf, and particularly after only two 
years in operation. It shows us by example Companions, what 
can be done if we apply ourselves fully to the task. 

We look forward to an interesting, and informative report 
from Rt. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson. 


These remarks would not be complete if I failed to express 
my deep appreciation to those who worked so closely, and effec- 
tively with me over this past year. 

It would be literally impossible to name everyone personally, 
so I must mention only a very few, although my appreciation is 
extended to so many; to whom I am indeed indebted. 

To my Grand Second, and Grand Third Principals, Rt. Ex. 
Comps. Harold Shannon, and Fred Welham, my thanks for their 
support. These two dedicated Royal Arch Masons were by my 
side at all of the dedications undertaken by Grand Chapter, and 
indeed were present at every important function we attended. 

As your Grand First Principal I am most thankful for their 
loyal, and untiring effort. 

Our Past Most Ex. Companions who constitute the Advisory 
Council, along with your Grand Council, and the Grand Scribe 
"E." are few in number but more than compensate for this by 
the zeal, fidelity, and dedication which they continually exhibit 
in their efforts for the Royal Craft. 

Some of them are still active in the individual Chapters, and 
in the Districts; while others by reason of health, needs must 
curtail their activities in this regard. All of them however are 
vital, and active in their researches on the Advisory Council, and 
it is our prayer that they will be spared by the Great Jehovah to 
continue their contributions for many years to come. 

My Companions I read their names now with a deep- sense 
of respect, and the firm knowledge that I personally have received 
great benefit, and learned many lessons from my association 
with them — 

Most Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C. 
Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw 
Most Ex. Comp. John L. House 


Most Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle 
Most Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith 
Most Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Emmett 
Most Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D. 
Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girven 

When we speak of appreciation for services rendered, we 
are reminded of a Companion who has given this Grand Chapter 
loyal, and devoted service over the years. 

He has established a record of service which I believe is so 
unique it is not likely to be duplicated again at any period in our 
future deliberations. 

Companions I refer to Rt. Ex. Companion James Woodland 
who this year is completing 50 years of outstanding service as 
the Chairman of our Registration Committee. 

Yet even this remarkable record is only a small part of the 
actual work he has undertaken in the constituent Chapters. 

His is a record of achievement that all Companions would do 
well to emulate. 

This Grand Chapter honours Rt. Ex. Companion James 
Woodland for the tremendous contribution he has made to Royal 
Arch Masonry. We commend him for his zeal, and fidelity, and 
pray that the Great Jehovah will permit him many more years 
to sojourn amongst us, and give us the benfit of his inspired 

Companions may I pause in my report to you to make a 
suitable presentation to this beloved Companion. 

In closing my remarks on appreciation, I would be very 
remiss if I neglected to thank our Grand Scribe "E." for his ever 
ready assistance. His source of general knowledge of our great 
organization has saved me many hours of work. 

I know that the Principals, and Scribes of the Chapters will 
agree that our Grand Scribe "E." gives their queries careful, 
courteous consideration. His willingness to, "go the extra mile" 
to help, has been proven on numerous occasions. 

The detail involved in the processing of material, and the 
constant effort to up date, and improve our communication with 
the Constituent Chapters is ever uppermost in his thoughts. We 
are indeed grateful to Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton for his dedica- 
tion to his duties. 



The office of Grand Superintendent is a very important one 
in our fraternity. 

Our Grand Superintendents this year have certainly lived 
up to the great tradition of their predecessors. Their dedicated 
efforts in the Districts, their concise, and factual reports are all 
hereby acknowledged with deep thanks. If we may give them 
one final word of advice it would be to give their successors the 
benefit of their detailed knowledge of District affairs, and above 
all keep active in the District by assisting those who require their 

These men are dedicated Royal Arch Masons. Their Dis- 
tricts, and their Grand First Principal are indeed proud to have 
been associated with them this past year. 


As you would assume, there are some recommendations 
which we feel should be made at this time. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Gillespie has given devoted, and dedi- 
cated service to this Grand Chapter for many years. He has 
been the Chairman of our mileage, and per diem Committee, and 
has handled this assignment in a most capable manner. 

At our Executive meeting at Grand Chapter his wise counsel, 
and carefully considered suggestions are always studied with 
great interest. 

Rt.,Ex. Comp. Gillespie has given much to our Royal Craft, 
and in recognition of his long service I recommend in accordance 
with section 65 (1) of our Constitution that we confer on him an 
honourary membership on the Executive Committee, and request 
Grand Chapter to concur in this recommendation. 


This has been a most memorable period for me, and I would 
like to once again express my sincere gratitude to all the Com- 
panions of our Grand Chapter for giving me the opportunity, and 
the wonderful experience of representing .you as your Grand 
First Principal during this past year. 

If anyone has any doubt as to the respect, and loyalty 
shown to the office of the Grand First Principal of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Ontario, let it be dispelled immediately. Wherever I have tra- 
velled, and whatever the occasion I have been warmly welcomed. 

I have received your affection, and esteem, and may I assure 
you, my Companions, that it is returned a hundred fold. Our 
day, and our time is a difficult day, and time, yet with the spirit, 
and benevolence of our Heavenly Father with us, and men such 
as you, dedicated to His service, we can go forward in spirit, and 
in truth fearing naught, knowing He is ever watching over us. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

Stanley VU. [Portch, 

Grand Z. 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by the Grand Third 
Principal, and — 

Resolved — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z., be referred 
to the Committee on the Grand Z's Address to report thereon during 
the present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 


Most Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, 

Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
Dear Most Excellent Sir: 

In listening to your address to Grand Chapter, it was with great 
humility that I heard your recommendation that I be made an honour- 
ary member of the Grand Executive Committee and which was later 
confirmed when the Committee on the Grand Z's address concurred in 
your recommendation. I can truthfully say that I never in all my life 
felt so greatly honoured and deserved it less. Any contribution I may 
have made to Grand Chapter has been incidental to the friendships 
made amongst the Companions who, like yourself, became known to me 
first at Grand Chapter. In the twenty continuous years I have served 
on the Grand Executive: Committee, by appointment and by election, 
there have been many satisfying experiences and compensations. 

I thank you sincerely and I hope I may be spared for many years 
of further service. 

Gratefully and fraternally yours, 

Lloyd B. Gillespie. 



The reports of the seventeen Grand Superintendents were presented 
and on motion were received and the Grand Scribe E. was directed to 
have them printed in the 1968 Proceedings. 

The report of every Grand Superintendent is addressed to "Most 
Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter 
of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province of Ontario." Each 
begins, "Most Excellent Sir and Companions," and everyone ends "Re- 
spectfully and fraternally submitted." To save space these formalities 
have been omitted from each Report. 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Meen 

As my term of office draws to a close it is my privilege to submit 
my report. 

It was a pleasure for me to appoint Ex. Comp. R. Paterson as my 
secretary, a very outstanding and hardworking person. 

I made nine official visits on which I was always received with 
dignity and respect, also other visits outside the official ones. It was 
my privilege to present a 25 year Past Principal Jewel at Wellington 
47 and Blenheim No. 239 Chapters. 

The attendance appears to be good in most chapters. Candidates 
also appear to be very good in the West-end of St. Clair District No. 1. 
Central good and Eastern fair. All Chapters excepting two conferred 
degrees. All the degrees witnessed were exemplified in a very efficient 
and capable manner. 

On June 25th I attended the District Church Service at Leamington 
Salvation Army Citadel, under dispensation of King Cyrus Chapter 
No. 119, also October 15th District Divine Service held at Dresden. 
Both services were well attended and excellently conducted. 

The dates of my official visits were as follows: 

Sept. 26— MacNabb 88, Dresden 

Oct. 2 — Sombra 153, Wallaceburg 

Oct. 11 — King Cyrus 119, Leamington 

Oct. 12 — Prince of Wales, Essex 

Nov. 1 — Blenheim 239, Blenheim 

Nov. 6— Ark 80, Windsor 

Nov/ 8 — Thomas Peters 250, Windsor 

Nov. 9 — Wellington 47, Chatham 

Nov. 20— Erie 73, Ridgetown 

The interest of the Chapters in the District are showing more 
enthusiasm, the fellowship is good and the outlook for the future is 
very promising. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Ernest S. Moran 

It is with sincere pleasure that I as your Representative in London 
District No. 2, submit my report on Royal Arch Masonry for this dis- 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Evan Denning as 
my secretary. 

On my Official visits to the fourteen Chapters in this district, I 
was received in an excellent manner, with dignity and respect. The 
friendship and hospitality of each and every Chapter was beyond re- 
proach. This being Centennial Year all Chapters seem to excell them- 
selves. Attendance both of members and visitors showing a marked 
increase. It was a pleasure and encouragement to see so many Past 


and Present Grand Chapter Officers at my Official visits. On all these 
visits donations to the Scholarship and Bursary Fund was stressed. 

My Official visits were as follows: 

Sept. 19 — <London Chapter No. 150, London 

Sept. 27 — St. John's Chapter No. 3, London 

Sept. 28— The St. Andrew's Chapter No. 238, London 

Oct. 2 — Hiawatha Chapter No. 252, Sarnia 

Oct. 5 — Aylmer Chapter No. 81, Aylmer 

Oct. 12— Palestine Chapter No. 54, St. Thomas 

Oct. 18— Bruce Chapter No. 53, Petrolia 

Oct. 27 — St. George's Chapter No. 5, London 

Nov. 6 — Beaver Chapter No. 74, Strathroy 

Nov. 7 — St. Paul's Chapter No. 242, Lambeth 

Nov. 10 — Wawanosh Chapter No. 15, Sarnia 

Nov. 13 — Vimy Chapter No. 214, Inwood 

Nov. 16 — Nilestown Chapter No. 247, Nilestown 

Nov. 20 — Minnewawa Chapter No. 78, Parkhill 

Divine Service for London District No. 2, was held in Strathroy 
at the United Church on Oct. 15th at 7:30 P.M. Rev. J. Barrett con- 
ducted the service. I had the pleasure of reading the Scripture. 

Wawanosh Chapter No. 15 and Hiawatha Chapter No. 252 held a 
joint Divine service on Oct. 22nd, in St. Bartholomew Anglican Church, 
Sarnia. Rev. J. E. M. Birtch conducting the service assisted by Ex. 
Comps W. H. Prior and F. Brookes, First Principals of their respec- 
tive Chapters. 

It was a pleasure for me to attend this service and also welcome 
our Grand Third Principal Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham. 

On my first visit to my Mother Chapter, Beaver Chapter No. 74 
after being elected to the office of Grand Superintendent, I presented 
a Past Principal's Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. A. W. Holt, as a token of 
appreciation for guidance and friendship. 

During my term of office T had the honour and privilege of pre- 
senting two Twenty-five year Past Principal Jewels to Ex. Comp. E. 
Spinks of Wawanosh Chapter No. 15 and Ex. Comp. Geo. Parker of 
Hiawatha Chapter No. 252, Sarnia. 

On January 4th, 1968 Aylmer Chapter No. 81 and Palestine Chap- 
ter No. 54 held a joint Installation Ceremony and I had the pleasure 
of presenting the retiring First Principals Ex. Comps. Metcha and 
Sims with their Past Principals Jewels. 

The Chapter of Instruction was held in Beaver Chapter No. 74, 
Strathroy. The Companions who were in charge of the several degrees 
were : > 

M.M.M. degree— Rt. Ex. Comp. A. Ayre, The St. George's Chapter 
No. 5, London 

M.E.M. degree — Ex. Comp. D. Cookson, The St Andrew's Chapter 
No 238, London 

H.R.A. degree — Ex. Comp. A. McGregor, Minnewawa Chapter No. 
78, Parkhill 

Each degree was explained in detail with a question and answer period 
being allotted to each degree. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by 
all Companions, who were in an exceptionally good number. 

I had the pleasure of attending four dedication services during my 
term. The first dedication service was held at Lambeth, in my own 
District, Toronto (Etobicoke), Chippawa and Dunnville. Each dedication 
service was very impressive and sincere. 

During the year several social evenings were held in London Dis- 
trict No. 2 with great success. These were held in London, Nilestown, 


and Sarnia. At the Royal Arch Ball held in London it was a pleasure 
to welcome our Grand First Principal Most Ex. Comp. S. Portch and 
Mrs. Portch. 

I visited most of the Chapters in my District at least three times 
endeavouring to encourage visits to other Chapters. 

The future looks very good for Royal Arch Masonry in this district 
with an increase in membership this year. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles R. Simpson 

I was very fortunate to have the services of Ex. Comp. Lovell as 
my Secretary, who performed a very efficient duty, and was a great 
help to me, Thank You sincerely Ex. Comp. J. R. Lovell. 

I had the honour of paying many social visits to the Chapters in 
this District during my term of office, and I can assure my Compan- 
ions, the manner in which I was received was a great example of the 
fellowship, and companionship that prevails throughout this jurisdiction. 

The following is the resume of my official visits, at which I was 
received with great respect and dignity. 

Brant, No. 115 Paris, Oct. 16th— M.M.M. 

Mount Horeb No. 20, Brantford, Oct. 19th— H.R.A. 

Oxford No. 18, Woodstock, Oct. 27th— M.M.M. 

Regal No. 253, Port Dover, Nov. 8th 

Ezra No. 23, Simcoe, Nov. 9th— H.R.A. 

Tillsonburg No. 255, Tillsonburg, Nov. 21st— H.R.A. 

Harris No. 41, Ingersoll, Nov. 27th — M.E.M. 

We had the pleasure, with the company of many of the Compan- 
ions in the district, to attend two Dedication Ceremonies this past 

The first was at Chippawa, and then Dunnville. 

I had an enjoyable time at both of these ceremonies, and at this 
time I am sure congratulations are in order to The Most Excellent 
and his officers for the excellent manner in which they conducted these 

In summing up, I feel certain that Royal Arch Masonry has held its 
own in Wilson District this past year, and that with the enthusiasm 
that exists amongst the Companions, we can look forward to greater 
advances in the future. 

At this time I must express' my congratulations to my successor, 
and I trust that he will receive the support in his term of office, that 
I have been fortunate in having during my term this past year. 

May I offer my services to assist you in any manner. 

R. Ex. Comp. Irwin G. Noble 

It is with much pleasure I submit my report on the Royal Arch 
Masons in Wellington District No. 4. 

It was a pleasure for me to appoint Ex. Comp. John T. Armstrong 
as my Secretary on Tuesday, June 20th. 

I visited Durham Chapter, Durham, when a special evening was 
held to honour two Companions, M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay was the 
guest speaker and gave an excellent address on Royal Arch Masonry. 

Our district Divine Service was on Sunday, October the 22nd. About 
seventy Companions and their wives attended from the district and a 
social hour was held in the church basement after the service. 

On my visits I tried to leave a message of about five to ten min- 
utes long about the degree of the evening and also about the Chap- 
ter's concern regarding the drop in membership in the Royal Arch 
Masons. I brought to the attention of the companions the facts about 
the Scholarship and the Bursary Fund. 


I had the pleasure of presenting two Companions of the Guelph 
Chapter with their fifty-year jewel on behalf of the First Grand 

I also had the pleasure to present several Past Principals Jewels on 
my official visits. 

Wellington District has an active Past Principals Association, and 
it was my pleasure to be present at their fall meeting on Thursday, 
November 30th. R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham was the guest speaker 
of the evening. 

On all my official and fraternal visits, I was- received with dignity 
and in a warm friendly manner. The work through the district was 
very good and on several occasions excellent. Only one chapter has 
had no candidates in the past year but have a candidate for this year. 
I hope by the end of my term that I will have visited all of the 
Chapters at least twice. My Official visits were as follows: 
Sept. 19, 3rd Tues.— Durham No. 221, Durham— MM 
Sept. 26, 4th Tues.— Ionic No. 83, Orangeville— MEM 
Oct. 5, 1st Thurs.— Kitchener No. 117, Kitchener—MEM 
Oct. 10— 2nd Tues.— Enterprise No. 67, Palmerston— MEM 
Oct .13, 2nd Fri.— Guelph No. 40, Guelph— MEM 
Oct. 18, 3rd Wed.— Halton No. 234, Georgetown—MEM 
Oct. 22, 4th Sun. — District Divine Service, Georgetown — MEM 
Oct. 24, 4th Tues.— Preston No. 245, Preston— MEM 
Nov. 9, 2nd Thurs. — Prince Edward No. 218, Shelbourne — MM 
Nov. 23, 4th Thurs.— Waterloo No. 32, Gait— RA 


R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson 
The statistical report which I have tabled on behalf of Hamilton Dis- 
trict No. 5 indicates a net gain of 3 in overall membership for the 
year ended 31st December, 1967. This of course is encouraging but far 
from satisfactory. 

It always strikes me as being somewhat incongruous' that the term 
of office of the- Superintendent is not parallel to the year for which 
he is required to report. He is therefore partially reporting on the work 
of the previous Superintendent, and it seems to me worth considering 
that there be a reporting period which matches the term of office of 
the Superintendent. 

There was a particular interest in many of the visits and events 
in Hamilton District No. 5 during my term occasioned by the fact that 
the Grand Z was also a product of the same District. This meant that 
on any occasions when he was visiting Chapters in the District there 
was added interest and it was pleasant indeed to see the reception 
given to our Grand First Principal. No doubt the outstanding event 
of the year was the Reception given to the Grand Z at the Holiday 
Inn in Oakville on Saturday, 28th October. This was said to be the 
largest function of its kind in the memory of most people there, and 
the presence of the ladies added to it very greatly. 

All of my visits, official and otherwise, to the various Chapters 
in the District have been a source of very great pleasure and satisfac- 
tion. My official vistis are listed, together with the dates and Degrees 
conferred : 

Sept. 19— Hamilton^-M.M.M. 

Oct. 2— Keystone— M.E.M. 

Oct. 11— McKay— M.E.M. 

Oct. 17— Ancaster— M.M.M. 

Oct. 19— St. Clair— M.M.M. 

Oct. 23— King David— M.E.M. 

Oct. 26— Caledonia— M.E.M. 

Oct. 27— Hiram— M.E.M. 


Nov. 9— St. John's— H.R.A. 

Nov. 14— White Oak— H.R.A. 

Hamilton District is favoured by the tremendous assistance given 
to the ruling- Superintendent and the ruling Principals of Chapters by 
the Grand Chapter Officers and Past Grand Chapter Officers in the 
District. The contributions made by these Brethren are outstanding, 
and of course this assistance makes the job of Superintendent not only 
easier but pleasant. It also augurs well for the future of the District 
and for its constituent Chapters. 

R. Ex. Comp. William G. Treble 

On my Official visits very few Degrees were conferred. Two First 
Principals not conferring a Degree at all, during the year. 

The affairs of each Chapter appear to be in good hands, excepting 
Lucknow Chapter No. 147. It is with great regret that I must say, 
that this Chapter is in need of a great deal of assistance. 

On Sept. 15th, Huron Chapter No. 30 Goderich, started their cele- 
brations for their 100th Anniversary with a banquet in North Street 
United Church Hall, with a good attendance. M. Ex. Comp. Stanley 
Portch, Grand First Principal, was the guest speaker. The Chapter 
also had the pleasure of having Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Welham, Grand 3rd. 
Principal, present at this banquet. 

On Huron's Chapter's regular night, Sept. 19th, new furnishings 
were presented and were dedicated by the Grand Chaplain. 

On Sunday, Sept. 24th, the District Church Service was held in 
North Street Church, Goderich, with the Grand Chaplain, Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Clifford Britton, delivering the sermon. 

I had the privilege of being present at the dedication of St. Paul's 
Chapter No. 242, Lambeth, Ont., London District. 

It was my pleasure, on behalf of M. Ex. Comp. Portch, Grand 
First Principal, to present on my official inspections, several Jewels 
during my year. In Tecumseh, No. 24, Stratford, to V. Ex. Comp. Roy 
Davies, a 25 yr. Past Principal's Jewel, also to Comp. James Roberts 
a 50 yr. member's Jewel. In Lebanon Chapter No. 84, Wingham, to Rt. 
Ex. Comp. W. G. Hall, and Ex. Comp. W. T. Booth, 25 year Past Prin- 
cipal's Jewels. I also had the privilege of presenting a Past First Prin- 
cipal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. Wilfred Coxwell, of Bernard Chapter No. 
146, Listowel. 

Mallock Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, lost one of their valuable mem- 
bers by death, in the person of V. Ex. Comp. John Bach. Lebanon 
Chapter No. 84, Wingham, lost one of their Past Superintendents, Rt. 
Ex. Comp. K. M. MacLennon. They will both be greatly missed in 
their Chapters. I was present at both these Masonic Funeral Services. 

By the end of my term of office, I will have visited each Chapter 
in the District on two or more occasions. I was present at six Chapter 
Installations, which were well done. I had the pleasure of assisting at 
three of these. 

I would like to thank Ex. Comp. John Westbrook, who went with 
me on nearly all my Official Visits and other visits that were made 
throughout the District. He acted as my Secretary on four of my 
visits; also to Ex. Comp. Henry Barker, who has travelled with me a 
great deal. 

The Principals' Association, in this District is very active. Each 
year they set up a schedule of visitations for the Chapters. They have 
had two meetings so far this term, the first, a Royal Arch Degree in 
June, at Huron Chapter No. 30, Goderich. Each Chapter in the District 
being given two parts to take. The second a banquet, held in Mitchell, 
which was well attended, with V. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull, as guest 


speaker. He concluded his remarks with a question and answer period. 
He was accompanied by V. Ex. Comp. C. Howes. A similar banquet 
and Royal Arch Degree is planned for on March 20th, in Elliot Chapter 
No. 129, Mitchell. 

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who 
assisted me in any way in carrying out my duties. 

R. Ex. Comp. George D. Penwarden 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions, it is with pleasure that I sub- 
mit my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in Niagara Dis- 
trict No. 7. 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Hugh Angle P. Z. 
of King Hiram Chapter No. 57, Port Colborne, as my secretary and he 
has fulfilled this duty in a very capable and efficient manner. 

During May, June and September my secretary, several Compan- 
ions and I visited every chapter in the district at least once. At these 
fraternal visits, I urged every chapter to devise some scheme to raise 
monies for the bursary fund and explained its use fully. The chapters 
were also re-informed of the services rendered by the Masonic Educa- 
tion Committee and the names of our District Committee members. 
Chapters, which were not initiating new candidates, were admonished 
to set up an active membership committee and were given many sug- 
gestions and methods to attract M.M.s to become R.A.M.s. To the date 
of writing, I have made 24 fraternal visits not including the 9 visits 
of inspection which will be listed below and have at least 4 fraternal 
visits to make before April. 

There were several evenings of particular interest during Centen- 
nial year. In early May Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19, St. Catharines 
held a Centennial night at which an address on the History of their 
Chapter was given as well as the Personal History of every living P Z, 
most of whom were in attendance. One P.Z. present was First Principal 
in 1922 — 43 years a P.Z. 

On September 26th, a Chapter of Instruction was held at King 
Hiram Chapter No. 57, Port Colborne, at which Most Excellent Com- 
panion Charles Emmett was the guest speaker. Following his talk he 
fielded many questions from the floor or referred them to Grand 
Chapter Committee for study. This was a very successful meeting but, 
I am sorry to say, that a few chapters were noticeable by their absence, 
which points out two flaws in our Grand Chapter Constitution. The 
first flaw is that, although it is the duty of the Grand Superintendent 
to hold a Chapter of Instruction, nowhere in the Constitution does it 
state that it is the duty of the Principals to attend. Further the Consti- 
tution calls for this meeting to be held within 60 days of the installa- 
tion of the Grand Superintendent. In this District, this meeting, if held 
in May or June, would be almost non-attended. 

Our District Divine Service was held Sunday, October 15 at First 
Presbyterian Church, Port Colborne, at which Right Excellent Compan- 
ion the Rev. Alex Campbell is a Past Grand Superintendent of Huron 
District as well as a past Grand Chaplain of Grand Chapter. 

There were two Chapter Dedication banquets and ceremonies, at 
which our beloved and esteemed Grand First Principal, Most Excellent 
Companion Stanley Portch, accompanied by his Grand Council and 
many other Grand Chapter officers, presided. The first dedication was 
Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76 at Chippawa on Saturday, November 11 
and the second was at McCallum Chapter No. 29, Dunnville on Satur- 
day, November 25. The ceremony at McCallum Chapter marked three 
special occasions — first, the dedication of their new Temple; second, 
the Centenary of their Chapter; and third, the Centenary of Canada. 


I had the honour, at both dedications, to present our Grand Z and 
Grand Chapter to the respective Chapters and then present the Chap- 
ters to the Grand Z and Grand Chapter. 

Another highlight of my year was on January 4 of this year. I 
had the pleasure of installing my blood brother Excellent Companion 
B. D. Pen-warden as First Principal of Willson Chapter No. 64, Wetl- 
and, at a joint installation with King Hiram Chapter No. 57, Port Col- 
borne, for whom I installed Excellent Companion T. Ivan as First Prin- 
cipal. Following this I made my last visit of inspection to Willson 
Chapter where I had the pleasure of being received by my brother as 
First Principal with my father, Excellent Companion N. J. Penwarden, 
P.Z. in attendance. 

In December a 25 year Jewel was presented to Excellent Compan- 
ion M. Falls of Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19 St. Catharines in the 
hospital, by Right Excellent Companion W. S. Coolins, on my behalf for 
the Grand Z, due to the severe illness of Excellent Companion Falls. 

In general, although our District had a net loss in number, I 
believe the rate of loss has lessened considerably and that the new 
spirit created during our wonderful Centennial year may show a net 
gain in membership in 1968. We have a few Chapters who will have 
to give thought to making a concerted membership drive and several 
others who need only to continue their success of past years. The work 
in general varies from good to excellent and I find Capitular Masonry 
in the Niagara District healthy. Regarding the layout of the District 
I do not believe any change can or should be made. 

The following is my schedule of visits of inspection to the nine 
Chapters in my District, at which I was received with dignity and 
respect as the representative of the Grand First Principal: 

Hugh Murray No. 184, Fort Erie— Tuesday, October 10, 1967 
Mount Moriah No. 19, St. Catharines— Friday, October 13, 1967 
Mount Nebo No. 76, Chippawa— Friday, October 20, 1967 
Smithville No. 240, Smithville— Monday, October 23, 1967 
Niagara No. 55, Niagara-on-the-lake — Friday, November 3, 1967 
Grimsby No. 69, Grimsby — Monday, November 26, 1967 
McCallum No. 29, Dunnville— Monday, November 20, 1967 
King Hiram No. 57, Port Colborne — Thursday, December 7, 1967 
Willson No. 64, Welland— Wednesday, February 7, 1968. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert E. O'Halloran 

In accordance with Section 122 Para. 10 of the Grand Chapter 
Constitution, I called a meeting of the Excellent Principals of their 
respective Chapters of the District, and at this time my list of official 
visits was satisfactorily arranged. These visitations were completed 
and Degrees conferred by the Officers of the Chapters within the dis- 
trict and I am pleased and gratified to report that the standard of 
proficiency by all Officers was excellent and obviously they had applied 
themselves with diligence and industry. This equally applies to the 
books and records of all Chapters, and Treasurers and S.E.'s are to be 
commended for the faithful discharge of their important duties: 

In June last M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett and members of his 
Grand Chapter Masonic Instruction Committee held at the Chisholm 
Masonic Temple, a meeting consisting of the Z., IPZ's, H's, J's, SE's, 
PS's, of the respective Chapters which proved to be most instructive 
and informative. 

One cannot underestimate the loyalty and dedication of so many 
Past Principals in the district and it has been my privilege and honour 
at the request and on behalf of our Grand Z to present many of them 
with 25 year Past Principals Jewels. 


I am pleased to report that the Royal Arch Chapter of St. Andrews 
and St. John No. 4, one of the oldest in the jurisdiction has made 
splendid progress during- the past term. One of its highlights was a 
Grand Chapter Night in November when a team lead by the Grand Z 
conferred the H.R.A. Degree in a most impressive manner. Most Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle occupied the chair of Z. assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
F.W.D. Welham G.J. and a large number of present and past Grand 
Chapter Officers. 

I regret to report that Beaches Chapter No. 163 because of most 
unusual conditions finally had to surrender its charter. However it is 
gratifying to advise that most of the companions have affiliated with 
King Solomon Chapter No. 8. 

A Divine Service at York Memorial Presbyterian Church was held 
jointly with Toronto District 8A. This service was conducted by the 
minister of the church Bro. The Rev. Ross Cameron who preached a 
most stimulating and thought provoking Masonic sermon. The first and 
second lessons were read by our Grand First Principal and Most Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle respectively. The attendance was most gratifying 
and only by such, will we maintain and enhance the public reputation 
of our institution. I have no hesitation in recommending that Divine 
Services in the future be on a joint basis between the two Toronto 
Districts. I acknowledge with thanks the splendid co-operation afforded 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. Percy McGregor, Grand Superintendent, Toronto 
District 8A and his Officers and Companions. 

The importance of Installation Ceremonies cannot be overempha- 
sized. My attendance at these was inspirational and I am sure also 
to the Officers installed and invested. My thanks are extended to M. 
Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle and our Grand J. Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. 
Welham whose presence at many ceremonies gave added dignity and 

St. Paul's Chapter No. 65 have heretofore conflicted with Succoth 
Chapter No. 135 and therefore the former obtained dispensation to 
change its night of installation thus permitting added district support 
which proved effective. I would recommend that Succoth Chapter con- 
sider such a change next year and also a similar procedure may apply 
to University Chapter No. 241 and Scarborough Chapter No. 263 where 
nights of installation also conflict. 

My special thanks are extended to the members of the District 8 
Masonic Education Committee namely Rt. Ex. Comp. Cliff Platten, Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Roy Roberts and V. Ex. Comp. Les Woolger. Their plan- 
ning and discharge of their important duties left nothing undone. The 
Chapter and Lodges of instruction under their capable direction were 
well attended and all present gained useful knowledge and instruction 
which will serve a useful purpose in the time to come. 

During my visitations to the various Chapters I have stressed the 
importance of the Scholarship and Bursary fund. I have noted some re- 
sponse to my exhortations but too many Chapters have failed to give 
financial or other support to this splendid Grand Chapter project. I 
would therefore recommend to my successor that he urge all Chapters, 
to have a Scholarship and Bursary Committee, the members of which 
will personally contact all Chapter Companions and acquaint them with 
the purpose of the project. What it has already achieved, in the hope 
that their individual interest will be aroused and thus make a contri- 
bution so far as their ability to do so may permit. 

The perplexing problem of Suspensions for non payment of duesi 
gives me great concern. I do believe that too many companions are 
lost through this avenue because the Chapter fails to obtain full know- 
ledge of the reasons which cause the suspension. Therefore I strongly 
recommend that no companion be suspended until he has had a per- 


sonal discussion with at least two members jointly of the Chapter. 
This may reveal that there are financial circumstances beyond their 
companions control through perhaps sickness or other adversities. Like- 
wise he may have some complaint which may be justified or not, but 
in all probability may be resolved by a frank discussion with two of 
his companions. I am firmly convinced that no companion should be 
suspended until the foregoing procedure has been completed and more- 
over I believe it will bring about a lessening of suspensions. I should 
mention that the Committee of two should be appointed by the Z. of 
the Chapter with authority to submit a report to him or the Chapter 
with a recommendation of what action should be taken. 

I would be most ungrateful if I did not express my thanks and 
deep appreciation to my Secretary Ex. Comp. Alfred Moxon for the 
great assistance he has afforded me and District. His untiring efforts, 
loyalty and devotion to his duties must be highly commended. 

My term of office has indeed taught me that no man stands alone. 

Finally my term of office has been most rewarding and enriched 
my life in Capitular Masonry beyond measure. 

I am most thankful to the Companions of the District not only 
for my election but for the tremendous support I have received at all 
times in my earnest endeavour to discharge my important duties with 
credit to myself but above all honour to the District and the Royal 
Craft in general. 

My best wishes are extended to my successor with assurance of 
my utmost support and co-operation and with a full realization that 
he may depend on the devotion and loyalty of all the Companions 
of the district. 

R. Ex. Comp, Percy P. McGregor, 

In presenting my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in 
Toronto District 8A, may I first convey to the Principals, past and 
present, my sincere thanks and appreciation for the honour they confer- 
red upon me and through me upon Lebanon Chapter No. 220, by elevating 
me to the high office of Grand Superintendent. 

I also convey to the Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch my 
most humble thanks for confirming my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Companion Horace A. 
Harris as my secretary. He accompanied me on all of my official visits 
and was of great assistance. It was most regrettable that he was called 
to the Grand Chapter Above on December 14th, 1967. He has been 
sadly missed by all those who knew him and Royal Arch Masonry has 
most decidedly lost a true and trusty companion. I subsequently ap- 
pointed Ex. Companion Stanley V. Meakings as my secretary for the 
remainder of my term of office, he accepted, and has filled the office in 
a very efficient manner for which I extend to him my thanks. 

A District Meeting was held on 30th April, 1967, in the Weston 
Masonic Temple with the ruling Principals of the Chapters of the Dis- 
trict. It was my most happy privilege and honour to have Most Excel- 
lent Companion Charles W. Emmett accompany me and explain the pur- 
pose and function of the Grand Chapter Masonic Instruction Committee. 
My trestle-board was set up with the following Official Visits and 
Schools of Instruction. 
Official Visits: 

May 17— Lebanon Chapter No. 220. 

May 23— Port Credit Chapter No. 230 

June 6 — Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 

September 12— Shekinah Chapter No. 138 

September 20— King Cyrus Chapter No. 232 

September 22— Ulster Chapter No. 219 


October 3— Peel Chapter No. 195 
October 12— The St. Clair Chapter No. 231 
October 13 — Occident Chapter No. 77 
October 16 — Toronto Antiquity Chapter No. 91 
October 17— Oakwood Chapter No. 233 
October 23— Centennial Chapter No. 260 
November 1 — Mimico Chapter No. 215 
November 17 — Humber Chapter No. 246 

Schools of Instruction: 

September 5 — M.M.M. Degree — Mount Sinai Chapter 

November 27 — M.E.M. Degree — Centennial Chapter 

February 19, 1968 — R.A.M. Degree — Toronto Antiquity Chapter 

All Official Visits were made as scheduled and I was received 
punctually and in a most welcome and dignified manner. The degree 
work conferred by each of the chapters was performed in a very efficient 
and effective manner. Every Ex. First Principal was sent copies of the 
Manual for Chapter Officers, Manual of Instructions, Guide and Quick 
Reference for Scribe E. and requested to forward copies to his Second 
and Third Principals. This I believe has greatly assisted the chapters 
in their work. The Schools of Instruction were very well attended and 
an extremely keen interest shown in them. I was very well supported 
by Very Ex. Companion Clare Howes on each of these occasions. To 
the chapters who so kindly hosted the Schools of Instruction I want to 
extend my personal thanks. 

The Divine Service was held in York Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
1695 Keele Street, on October 29th, 1967. This was a combined service 
with Toronto District 8 and was very well attended by the companions 
and their ladies. I was very honoured by having the Most Excellent 
Companion Stanley Portch and the Most Excellent Companion Maurice 
Searle taking part in the Divine Service. 

The condition of membership in the District is slightly less favour- 
able than last year even though some of the chapters have had a fruitful 
year with new candidates. All chapters have a slate of hard working 
officers and companions and the prospects for Capitular Masonry in the 
District look very good. I have visited all Chapters at least twice and 
am very happy to report that I experienced a very pleasant evening on 
every occasion. 

It has been my happy pleasure to have been associated with Rt. Ex. 
Companion Albert O'Halloran, Grand Superintendent of Toronto Dis- 
trict 8. To all of the companions who supported me on the many occa- 
sions making this such a memorable year, I offer my sincere thanks. To 
my successor I extend my congratulations and pledge my wholehearted 
support. On his behalf I request that the District give to him the sup- 
port and warm co-operation which I had the pleasure of enjoying during 
my own term of office. 

Finally, to the Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch I voice 
my appreciation for the honour of serving as his representative in 
Toronto District 8A and trust that he will be spared for many years 
to give his counsel, guidance and assistance to our Grand Chapter. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Malcolm A. MacDonald 
It is with much pleasure that I submit my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in Georgian District No. 9. 

May I first express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the 
Principals and Past Principals of the District for their kindness and 
support and to Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch, for confirm- 
ing my election. 


It was my good fortune and privilege to have V. Ex. Comp. Hugh 
G. Graham accept the office of Secretary. He served faithfully and well. 
For his untiring efforts and valuable assistance, I am most grateful. 

Manitou Chapter, Collingwood, was host for the District Chapter 
of Instruction in May, which was well attended. Information and direc- 
tions from Grand Chapter were discussed, and plans for the year ahead 
were agreed upon. The following schedule was arranged and completed: 

June 7th — Seguin Chapter, No. 261, Parry Sound 
Oct. 10th— Signet Chapter No, 34, Barrie 
Oct. 13th— Couchiching Chapter No. 198, Orillia 
Oct. 17th — Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen Sound 
Nov. 7th — Chantry Chapter No. 130, Southampton 

Jan. 23rd — Amabel Chapter No. 131, Wiarton 
Jan. 24th — Manitou Chapter No. 27, Collingwood 
Feb. 12th— Kichikewana Chapter No. 167, Midland 
On all these occasions I was properly received in the most cordial, 
kind and courteous manner. The sincerity of the loyalty expressed 
toward Grand Chapter made a deep impression. 

It was our pleasure to welcome into our District Chantry Chapter, 
No. 130, Southhampton, from Huron District No. 6. Previous friend- 
ships and the proximity of Georgian Chapters and other Masonic 
bodies will ensure happy relations with all of their new companions, 
Chantry Officers and Past Principals did inspiring work and this Chap- 
ter will prove a valuable acquisition to Georgian District. 

Wiarton Masons are to be congratulated on their new Masonic 
home, recently opened, and to be dedicated on April 20th. It is truly 
a temple beautiful in design, commodious and comfortable, rich red 
carpeting in Chapter room and banquet hall and on stairways, choice 
oil paintings well displayed, and the light on our Queen at the entrance 
gladdening all loyal Masons — A Companion donated the land, and the 
financial and operative contributions of the brethren and Companions 
saw the temple completed in eleven months for the opening in January. 
Since then, Amabel has builded too, and are in the same class of oper- 
atives as Kichikewana, Midland. One feels the special atmosphere when 
builders exude their Masonry. 

Couchiching Chapter, Orillia, on February 9th was highly privi- 
leged and honoured to welcome our Grand First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, M. Ex. Comp. Charles Emmett, chairman of Masonic 
Education and Rt. Ex. Fred Welham, Grand Third Principal. They had 
negotiated a trying blizzard on the way. In the Kitchener area a more 
intensive downfall blocked the aspirations of Rt. Ex. Comp. Harold 
Shannon to enjoy the fellowship in Orillia. Masons from several lodges 
were also present for further light on the importance of Royal Arch 
Masonry shed by M. Ex. Comps. Portch and Emmett. The efficient in- 
struction and good fellowship were stimulating to the Companions, and 
are expected to lead to the completion of Masters degree in the order 
of Royal Arch Masonry by Guests. 

Statistically, a small assist from Chantry Chapter enabled Georg- 
ian District to complete the year 1967 with aggregate membership 
identical with that at the end of the year 1966. We are hoping for, 
and expecting, some additions to our Chapters in our larger centres, 
where new industries bring in new citizens. 

The opportunity to serve as your Grand Superintendent provided 
a wonderful education and inspiration, for which I shall always be 
grateful to the Royal Arch Masons of Georgian District. The old well 


tried friends, to the new friends, and the whole-hearted teamwork made 
a pleasant year to enrich my memories. 

I extend every good wish to my successor, and trust that he may 
enjoy the full support of the Companions, just as I have done. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest F. R. Osborne 
I humbly submit a report of my activities and the conditions of 
Royal Arch Masonry in Ontario District No. 10. 

I am indebted to Ex. Comp. Wilbert Teeple, Past First Principal 
of Palestine Chapter No. 249, Bowmanville, who so graciously con- 
sented to act as my Secretary. He accompanied me on all my visits and 
proved himself very efficient in assisting me with my duties. Two or 
more visits were made to each Chapter in the District. 
The following is a list of Official visits of inspection: 
Pentalpha No. 28, Oshawa— June 6th — M.M.M. Degree 
Ionic No. 168, Campbellford— Sept. 18th— M.M.M. Degree 
Corinthian No. 56, Peterborough— Sept. 27th— M.M.M. Degree 
Midland No. 94, Lindsay— Sept. 28th— M.M.M. Degree 
Victoria No. 37, Port Hope— Oct. 4th — M.M.M. Degree 
Excelsior No. 45, Colborne— Oct. 6th — M.M.M. Degree 
Palestine No. 249, Bowmanville^Oet. 16th — M.E.M. Degree 
King Darius No. 134, Cannington— Oct. 18th — M.E.M. Degree 
St. John's No. 48, Cobourg^Oct. 24th— M.E.M. Degree 
Warkworth No. 110, Warkworth— Nov. 8th— H.R.A. Degree 
Keystone No. 35, Whitby— Nov. 13th— H.R.A. Degree 
On the evening of June 28th a course of instruction was held at 
Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay for the Excellent Principals of all 
the Chapters in the district. At my request Most Ex. Comp. C. W. 
Emmett, P.G.Z., Chairman of Masonic Instruction Committee, was in 
attendance to take charge of instruction. There was a wonderful atten- 
dance in spite of the inclement weather. This proved to be a very 
worthwhile; meeting, particularly at the beginning of my year. 

At my first visit of inspection at Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, 
Oshawa, I received the Travelling Keystone from Rt. Ex. Comp. Jas. 
A. Bird, Past Grand Superintendent of Ontario District No. 10, and 
passed it on to Ex. Comp. Russell Flutter, Z., to be carried by him or 
his representative to the next chapter of my official visit of inspection. 
The Travelling Keystone was presented to Ontario District No. 10, by 
the Stafford Bros., Ex. Comp. C. W. Stafford and Rt. Ex. Comp. E. 
R. Stafford of Keystone Chapter No. 35, Whitby, in the year 1956. 
This Keystone being Symbolic of the Grand Superintendent of our 
District, who as the Representative of the; Grand First Principal, binds 
together the whole Craft. It is to accompany him on all his official 

On the evening of November 20th, the Travelling Keystone had 
made its rounds and was returned to me at Palestine Chapter No. 249, 
Bowmanville, by Ex. Comp. Bruce A. Miner, Third Principal of Key- 
stone Chapter, Whitby. 

Sunday evening, September 24th, a District Divine Service was 
held in Trinity United Church, Bowmanville. The lesson was read by 
the Grand Superintendent. Trinity choir sang the anthem, "Remember 
now Thy Creator", (Garni B. Adams). Comp. Ross Metcalf, A.R.C.T., 
A.C.C.M., sang a solo, "How Great Thou Art". We were fortunate in 
having as our guest minister Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. Harold W. Pointen, 
Past Grand Chaplain and a member of Palestine Chapter, Bowmanville. 
He took as his theme, "Life's Foundation and Cornerstone". 

The service was also honored with the attendance of Rt. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. D. Welham, Grand J., Rt. Ex. Comp. Roy Mathews, Grand 


Principal Sojourner, also Rt. Ex. Comp. P. L. McGregor, Grand Supt. 
of Toronto West, District No. 8A. At the conclusion of the service the 
companies and families retired to the Sunday School Hall for a light 
lunch and a social hour. 

Warkworth Chapter No. 110, and Ionic Chapter No. 168, Campbell - 
ford, held a combined church service on October 15th, in St. John's 
United Church, Campbellford. 

Some of the Chapters are witnessing poor attendance. I have sug- 
gested an active Membership and Attendance Committee. I also observe 
that chaptersi where they have formed degree teams, having more 
members taking part in the degrees, that interest and attendance is 
much better. 

In conclusion I would like to say that my term of office as Grand 
Superintendent has been very rewarding. The spirit of companionship 
throughout the district is very high and as the representative of the 
Grand First Principal I was officially and properly received. 
P.S. — I will have the pleasure on behalf of Most Ex. Comp. Stanley 
Portch Z., of presenting the 25 year Past Principal's Jewel to Ex. 
Comp. R. A. Connor of Ionic Chapter No. 168 Campbellford and Ex. 
Comp. W. L. Pierson of Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, Oshawa. 

R. Ex. Comp. Carl R. Whittemore 

Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions of the Grand 
Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on the conditions of 
Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward District No. 11. 

My first official and pleasurable duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. 
Roswill Dafoe as my secretary. He accompanied me on all official 
visits and some casual visits, presented the travelling triangle, inspected 
the books and records of the Chapters on my official visits as follows: — 

St. Mark's, No. 26, Trenton, June 20— R.A. 

Mt. Sinai, No. 44, Napanee, June 21 — R.A. 

Keystone, No. 27, Stirling, Sept. 7— M.E.M. 

Presqu'ile, No. 144, Brighton, Sept. 19 — None 

Quinte Friendship, No. 227, Belleville, Oct. 9— M.M.M. 

Prince Edward, No. 31, Picton, Oct. 16— M.E.M. 

Moira, No. 7, Belleville, Nov. 7— M.E.M. 

Madoc, No. 161, Madoc, Nov. 27— M.M.M. 

On May 24th, 1967, Mrs. Whittemore and myself were guests of Mt. 
Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee at their annual "Ladies' Night" which 
was a most delightful and entertaining evening. 

On September 29, 1967, in company with M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. 
Smith and Rt. Ex. Comp. Cyril McMullen, I visited Etobicoke Masonic 
Temple for the purpose of seeing the Dedication of the Chapter Room 
for the Lebannon Chapter of R.A.M., No. 200 G.R.C. The ceremony was 
most interesting and impressive and one should not miss such an occa- 

On my official visit to Presqu'ile there was no degree work since 
they had neither a candidate nor sufficient officers, at the last minute, 
to confer a degree. Discussion centered on their condition and Ex. 
Comp. Ralph Bell requested a meeting to discuss officers for 1968 and 
the future of the Chapter. This meeting was held on Nov. 5th, and a 
report on same was attached to the "Report of Superintendent". 

Madoc Chapter has shown some improvement over the previous year 
and initiated two Craft Masons into the Royal Arch. 

It was a privilege to sponsor the October 3rd meeting, conceived by 
Ex. Comp. Allan Dempsey, 1st Principal of Moira Chapter, which was a 
joint venture between Moira Chapter No. 7 and Quinte Friendship 


Chapter No. 227 in bringing the Chapters of the District together as a 
special event in Centennial year. The work for the evening was the 
conferring of the M.M.M. degree by the Third Principals of District 
No. 11 and surrounding districts with the First Principal's chair being 
occupied by the Grand Third Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. 

Ex. Comp. W. Stewart, 1st Principal of Quinte Friendship pre- 
sented the presiding First Principals. Ex. Comp. Norman Meldrum, 2nd. 
Comp. Harold Howting, 3rd Principal, had the honor of presenting the 
3rd. Principals who conferred the degree. 

The Grand Superintendent received the Grand Chapter Officers on 
behalf of the two Belleville Chapters and extended a fraternal welcome 
on behalf of the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Welham was requested to assume the Gavel and pro- 
ceed with the M.M.M. Degree. 

Following the closing of the Chapter the Companions proceeded to 
the banquet room. Rt. Ex. Comp. Welham in replying to the Toast to 
Grand Chapter congratulated Ex. Comp. Dempsey on arranging such an 
entertaining and instructive convocation. 

This Convocation will be a memorable one in the history of Royal 
Arch Masonry in Prince Edward District No. 11. 

On October 15th, 1967, our Annual Divine Service was held at the 
Belleville Masonic Temple. There was a fair attendance of Craft and 
Capitular members, their wives and families. The Lesson was read by 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Welham, Grand J., and the Prayers were given by 
Comp. Rev. M. McLeod. An instructive address was given by Bro. The 
Venerable A. S. McConnell, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville. 
After the Service, refreshments were served and a social period enjoyed. 

On October 6th, 1967, I visited Excelsior Chapter No. 45, Colborne, 
District No. 10, upon a cordial invitation from Rt. Ex. Comp. E. F. R. 
Osborne, Grand Superintendent of District No. 10. 

On February 17th, 1968 a School of Instruction on the M.M.M. 
Degree was held at the Belleville Masonic Temple under the direction 
of M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith assisted by R. Ex. Comp. Lome 
Vaughan. There was a good representation from the Chapters in the 
District and many points on procedure and interpretation were cleared 
up. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified, using the Officers presiding 
in the District. In order to utilize as many as possible the Officers 
were changed at an appropriate point in the ritual. Questions and 
answers were permitted at any point in the proceedings. 

I had the honor and pleasure to present on behalf of the Grand 
First Principal and Grand Chapter, Past Principal's Jewels and a 50 
Year Jewel, as follows: — 

On January 30th, 1968> the 50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel to 
Comp. G. J. Tustin, Mt. Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee, who now resides 
in Belleville. 

At the March 5th Convocation of Moira Chapter, the 25 Year Past 
Principal's Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. E. C. Wood of The Moira Chapter 
No. 7, Belleville. Rt. Ex. Comp. Wood received many commendations 
from those present. 

On March 18th, 1968, the 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel to V. Ex. 
Comp. William Harper Rollins of Keystone Chapter No. 72 Stirling. 

Where the presentation was made at the home of the recipient, four 
to six Companions were present. 

On all official visits and any other opportunities the scope, and 
objectives of the Grand Chapter Scholarship and Bursary Committee 
were brought to the attention of the Companions. It is suggested that 
a special committee in each Chapter, may further the obectives and that 
concrete examples be brought to the attention of all Chapers. 


The Prince Edward Principal's Association functions in an efficient 
manner, the attendance is generally good and the Chapters co-operate 
with each other. 

There is a great need for the participation of the Companions who 
have been members for 2 to 5 years. This may be done by placing 
them on committees and starting them on minor parts of the ritual, 
which will give them a new interest. 

The interest of the Chapters and their relationship with each other 
in the District is good. Collection of dues is a problem. 

During the year four Chapters found it necessary to increase fees 
and dues to retain solvency and a fifth has made application. 

In analysing statistics we find that the District membership de- 
creased by 40 members; the losses being due to deaths (28), withdrawals 
(18) and suspensions (27). 

During my term I have enjoyed visiting each Chapter at least twice 
and some of the installations. 

On each of my visitations, Official and Fraternal, as the represen- 
tative of the Grand First Principal I received most cordial and respectful 

Throughout the District there is the spirit of good fellowship and 
the work generally is excellent. The attendance on my visits was most 

On all my visitations I have tried to explain the significance of the 
degree or portions of the degree to the candidate and to relate the 
principles of masonry to every day life. 

To my successor, congratulations, and I assure him of the support 
that I was pleased to receive. 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Regan 

I appointed Excellent Companion Gerald R. Sawyer to be my 
Secretary and his help and co-operation lightened my duties consider- 

On May 21st, 1967 it was a pleasure to accept an invitation from 
Maitland Chapter No. 68 G.R.C. to attend Divine Service with them at 
St. John's United Church, Kemptville, Ont. The Reverend F. G. Percival 
welcomed the Companions and gave a very inspiring sermon on "God 
The Father Almighty". 

This Chapter is the only one in the District to have an Annual 
church service and are to be congratulated for their efforts. 

On August 22nd, 1967, a District Meeting of the Chapter's ruling 

Principals was held in Brockville. A lengthy discussion was held in an 

attempt to find a solution as to how attendance at Chapter meetings 

could be improved, several worthwhile suggestions were put forward. 

Official Visits 19G7-68 

September 12 th— Grenville No. 22, Prescott 

September 15th — Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, No. 1, Kingston 

September 18th — St. John's No. 112, Morrisburg 

October 2nd — Sussex St. Lawrence No. 59, Brockville 

October 12th— Maitland No. 68, Kemptville 

October 18th— Covenant No. 113, Cornwall 

November 28th — Leeds No. 132, Gananoque 

On my official visits I have at all times been received in a proper 
manner, yet underlying the formality there was always a feeling of 
Companionship which was appreciated by me. This is an opportune 
time for me to express my gratitude to Rt. Ex. Comp. T. Young and 
Companion F. White, two of the most dedicated Companions of Sus- 
sex St. Lawrence Chapter who supported me on almost all my visits. 

On January 9th, 1968, I had the pleasure of installing the Officers 
of Grenville Chapter No. 22, Prescott. A unique feature of the installa- 


tion was the fact that my degree team were all members of Sussex 
St. Lawrence Chapter No. 59, Broekville. 

Sussex St. Lawrence Chapter No. 59 will host a Chapter of in- 
struction on February 24th, 1968, which should be very well attended. 
A degree team from Covenant Chapter No. 113, Cornwall will put on 
the M.E.M. Degree. V. Ex. Comp. J. Turnbull assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Gummer, will answer all questions on this degree as well as any ques- 
tions on Royal Arch Masonry. 

We were very fortunate to have V. Ex. Comp. Turnbull and Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Gummer at our Chapter Instruction for the second year in 

To my successor, I pledge my support and wish for him the same 
courtesy, kindness and loyal support I enjoyed during this past year. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles E. Compton 

It is my pleasure to submit my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in the Ottawa District No. 13. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. Gordon Saunders as my 
secretary. He accompanied me on all my official visits and was a 
valuable source of assistance and loyal support. To him I extend my 
most sincere thanks. 

The overall picture for Capitular Masonry in the Ottawa District 
is very good, the work in all the chapters is excellent, and the chapter 
meetings are well conducted, the chapter Officers and Past Principals 
are proficient and endeavouring to promote interest and goodwill 
amongst their Brethren and Companions, and the Companions in all 
the chapters in the district appear most enthusiastic. The only 
disappointing factor in? the chapters is the small percentage of attend- 
ance throughout the year as indicated by the attendance report. 

On May 31 a District Chapter of Instruction was held in the Ma- 
sonic Temple at Ottawa, at which the councils of ten of the twelve 
chapters in the district were present, as well as a number of past and 
present Grand Chapter officers. We all derived a great deal of benefit 
from the information supplied by Most Excellent Companion Charles E. 
Emmett, as well as the question period following. 

Following is a list of the Chapters in the District No. 13 and the 
date on which they were officially inspected: Laurentian No. 151, Pem- 
broke, Thursday, Sept. 21; Glengarry No. 143, Maxville, Monday, Sept. 
25; St. John's No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Thursday, Oct. 26; Kitchener No. 
216, Russell, Wednesday, Oct. 4; Dochert No. 248, Arnprior, Monday, 
Oct. 2; Granite No. 61, Almonte, Thursday, Oct. 12; Bonnechere No. 114, 
Renfrew, Monday, Oct. 16; St. Francis No. 133, Smiths Falls, Thursday, 
Oct. 19; Prince of Wales No. 226, Perth, Tuesday, Oct. 24; Ottawa No. 
222, Ottawa, Thursday, Nov. 30; Maple No. 116, Carleton Place, Wed- 
nesday, Nov. 1; Carleton No. 16, Ottawa, Wednesday, Nov. 15. 

On all my visits I was most graciously received with the dignity 
befitting the representative of the Grand First Principal. Degrees were 
conferred or exemplified as shown by each of the chapters, the work 
was good and the Degree was conferred or exemplified in a very im- 
pressive manner. 

In closing I wish to thank all the Companions of the district for 
their wholehearted support and co-operation extended to me during my 
term of office. My special thanks to those Companions who accom- 
panied me on my visits, and my grateful thanks to the officers and 
members of Carleton Chapter No. 16 for their loyal support. 

And finally may I request for my successor the same loyal support 
that was so generously extended to me. 


R. Ex. Comp. Malcolm Frank Hemmens 
In submitting my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in 
Algoma District No. 14, may I express my sincere thanks to the Princi- 
pals, past and present, for the honour they conferred upon me in elevat- 
ing me to the high office of Grand Superintendent, and my thanks to 
Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch in confirming my election. 
I was privileged to appoint Ex. Comp. Delbert Henry as my secretary. 
He has been most efficient in his duties and I am sure his contacts with 
the Scribe E.'s of the various Chapters in the District has been most 

My first Official Visit was to Quetico Chapter, Atikokan, on June 
12th, when the M.M.M. Degree was conferred in an excellent manner. 
Among the visitors were Past Grand Superintendents from Port Arthur 
and Fort William, the First Principals of Shuniah and Fort William 
Chapters and Rt. Ex. Companion F. W. D. Welham, Grand Third Prin- 
cipal of our Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. I'm sure the mem- 
bers of Quetico Chapter were very pleased with the visit of our Grand 
J. This is a small Chapter with only one Craft Lodge to draw from 
so its growth will depend on Craft Masonry. The officers are young, 
active and well versed in the ritual and work of the Order. 

On June 13th I was honored to present Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. 
Welham, Grand Third Principal, to the Companions of Alberton Chapter, 
Fort Frances, at their convocation. During the evening The Rt. Ex. Sir 
spoke on the Bursary Fund, its aims and the need of such an under- 
taking by the members and the Grand Chapter. This talk was well re- 
ceived by the members, as was shown by the amount subscribed to this 

June 17th I made my official visit to Golden Star Chapter No. 254, 
Dryden. It is the practice of this Chapter to put on a Field Day at this 
time of the year to accommodate applicants from the surrounding area. 
The business meeting opened at 10:30 a.m. — M.M.M. Degree at 3 p.m. 
This order was finished at 4:15 p.m. and supper for members and can- 
didates slated for 6 o'clock. Chapter was opened at 7:30 p.m. and the 
Royal Arch Degree conferred. This makes for a very heavy day. The 
Officers and Past Principals are to be commended for the excellent and 
proficient manner in which the work was given. This is one of our 
Chapters with a large number of members with a considerable distance 
to travel to attend meetings. This, in consequence, gives them a low 
percentage in attendance. June 21st I attended Golden Chapter No. 90, 
Ken or a, and after a banquet at the Kenricia Hotel, retired to the Chap- 
ter Rooms for the conferring of the Royal Arch Degree. Despite last 
minute changes in officers which is somewhat common in tourist areas 
at this time of the year, the ritual and floor work was excellent, and I am 
sure the six new candidates were very impressed. This Chapter is in 
very good financial condition, with good prospects ahead. 

Sept. 20th I visited Shuniah Chapter No. 82, Port Arthur. I was 
well taken care of in the early part of the day by Rt. Ex. Comp. W. H. 
Cheetham, P. G.S.N. I would be remiss if I failed to thank the Rt. Ex. 
Sir for his many acts of kindness and words of advice. I was well and 
properly received, both at a gathering of the Officers for supper and in 
the Chapter Room. While no Degree was conferred at this meeting, I 
know the officers are quite capable. This Chapter should have bright 
prospects in the years ahead. October 10th I made my official visit to 
Alberton Chapter No. 152, Fort Frances, my Mother Chapter. Owing to 
the absence of the First Principal, the Chair was ably taken by Ex. 
Comp. J. Robb. The work for the evening was the M.E.M. Degree. Ex. 
Comp. Robb has lost none of his ability in the portrayal of this Degree. 


All partaking in the work did an outstanding job. My reception was, as 
expected, with full honour and dignity to the office I represent. The 
condition and prospects of this Chapter are good. 

October 12 I attended Atwood Chapter No. 149, Rainy River. I was 
received with full honour and dignity and experienced a very pleasant 
evening. Congratulations should go to the few who are holding this 
Chapter together. The economic conditions of the town have deteriorated 
owing to lay-offs on the railway and there is no other industry in the 
town, so prospects here are not too good. 

February 5th, 1968, I attended Fort William Chapter No. 140, Fort 
William. After a banquet attended by the officers, we repaired to the 
Chapter Rooms. I was received in the correct manner and the M.M.M. 
Degree had been planned for the evening for two candidates. Unfor- 
tunately both were unable to attend through work commitments. This 
is a Chapter of dedicated members, not only to the Royal Arch but also 
to the Craft Lodge, many of its officers past and present, holding office 
in the Lodges. I predict for this Chapter continued success and greater 
attendance in the near future. Expectations are strong for a new Temple 
in Fort William and when these facilities become available, many of the 
older Companions will again be able to attend Chapter without the 
thought of long flights of stairs to climb. 

On February 21st, at the regular Convocation of Shuniah Chapter, 
it was my privilege to represent the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. 
Comp. Stanley Portch, and present two 50 Year Jewels and one 25 Year 
Past Principal's Jewel. Companion B. Hey was presented with his 50 
Year Jewel and Ex. Comp. J. M. Clarke with his 25 Year Past Principal's 
Jewel. The jewels were pinned on the Companions by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
George Blanchard who reminisced for a few minutes on Shuniah Chapter 
and its doings of forty and fifty years ago, and particularly in regard 
to our honoured Companions. Comp. J. McNeill was unable to be present 
owing to unfavourable weather. In company with the First Principal, 
Ex. Comp. H. W. Davidson, I visited the home of the Companion and 
presented him with his Jewel. I'm glad to say his health is good and 
I'm sure we all enjoyed the visit. The M.E.M. Degree was conferred in 
a very creditable way on five candidates, and they, like myself, must 
have been very impressed with the effective and efficient manner in 
which the Degree was conducted. 

In concluding my report, I would say all the Chapters in the District 
are in good financial condition. The officers are well versed in the De- 
grees, and the work uniform. The attendance could be improved. I 
have been properly received in the Chapters and well taken care of be- 
fore hand. Wtih one Chapter to visit informally before April, I will 
have managed at least two visits to each Chapter. To my successor 
may I offer my wholehearted co-operation, and wish that his year will 
be as rewarding for him as mine has been for me. 

R. Ex. Comp. John MacKay 

I respectfully submit my report for New Ontario District No 15. 

In all visits I was accompanied by Ex. Comp. A. F. Beach who 
assisted me as secretary and whose help to me is greatly appreciated. 

On June 24th, a school of instruction was held at Espanola which 
was conducted by The Most Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett. The visit of the 
Most Ex. Comp. was most helpful to all the Companions who were 

Oct. 5th — The official visit to St. John's Chapter in North Bay 
showed this chapter efficiently conducted and the degree of the R.A.M. 
conferred in a very able manner. 

On my visit on Oct. 13th, to Algonquin Chapter in Sault Ste. Marie 
I saw the M.M.M. degree conferred on the candidate with dignity and 


precision and an enthusiasm among the Companions which augers well 
for the future of this Chapter. 

At Espanola on Oct. 17th, my visit was disappointing. This is a 
small Chapter and distances of 150 miles have to be made by many 
Companions to attend a Convocation and as a consequence attendance 
is at times apt to suffer. Progress in this Chapter will be slow but 
favourable prospects to the welfare of the Chapter through the years. 

On Oct. 21st, Tuscan Chapter held a Ladies' Night with a supper 
and dance. We had the honour and privilege of having The Most Ex. 
Comp. Stanley Portch and Mrs. Portch accompanied with other Officers 
of Grand Chapter with their ladies. The Most Ex. Grand Z. addressed 
the gathering after supper and all had a very enjoyable evening of good 

The friendliness of the visitors will long be remembered by the 
Companions of Tuscan Chapter. 

We are particularly grateful to the Most Ex. Comp. for his visit 
with the Rt. Ex. Comp. Geo. Shute who was seriously ill in hospital and 
only those who were present at the hospital know the great uplift in 
spirit which our Rt. Ex. Comp. Shute received. 

Here was exemplified by the Most Ex. Comp. Portch the full and 
true spirit of masonry and which has been an inspiration to us all. 

My final visit was at my home chapter on Nov. 14th. Tuscan Chap- 
ter conferred the Degree of R.A.M. The work was well done and all 
books in good order. 

On Feb. 24th Algonquin Chapter is having a special Convocation, 
conferring all three degrees and Ex. Comp. G. E. Lee is being presented 
with his 25 years Past Principal's Jewel. 

Several Companions are intending to be present with me from 
Tuscan Chapter. 

In closing this report I would like to draw attention to the loyalty 
of the Past Principals and older Companions who have kept their Chap- 
ters going through difficult times and are now being rewarded by see- 
ing younger Companions coming forward strengthening the Chapters by 
taking offices. 

The overall picture in this district is good for the continuing pros- 
perity of Capitular Masonry. 


R. Ex. Comp. Robert G. Childs 

It is with extreme pleasure that I submit my report as Grand 
Superintendent of Temiskaming District No. 16 for the year 1967-1968. 

First, I would express my sincere gratitude to the Chapters of 
District 16 for supporting my nomination and to Most Ex. Comp. Stanley 
Portch for confirming my election by the Chapter delegates at Grand 

I appointed Ex. Comp. G. E. S. Tipper as my secretary for the year 
and he, along with Comp. H. R. Scott, accompanied me on all of my 
official visits. He was very thorough in checking records, etc., of each 
Chapter and his advice and help to the Scribe E.'s was appreciated by 
them in their comments after Chapter closed. 

We visited Northern Lights Chapter No. 213, Timmins, on October 
18th. The Mark Master Mason Degree was worked and all officers per- 
formed their respective duties well. We had a very enjoyable social 
hour after Chapter closed, before returning home. 

Our next visit was to Abitibi Chapter No. 223, Iroquois Falls, on 
October 26th and witnessed the exemplication of the M.M. Mason Degree. 
The Companions of this Chapter are working under very difficult con- 
ditions not having their own Chapter rooms but they are eager Com- 
panions and do their work well. A social hour was enjoyed after Chapter 


On November 9th we visited Temiskaming Chapter No. 169, Hailey- 
bury, and had the pleasure of watching the officers exemplify the 
M.M.M. degree very well. A social hour was enjoyed. 

My last visit was to Kirkland Chapter No. 251, Kirkland Lake, and 
the officers worked the M.M.M. Degree in their usual good manner. 
After Chapter closed we attended a short social period. 

The condition of capitular masonry has been a ta stand still in this 
district the past year but is now showing signs of revival. Northern 
Lights Chapter and Kirkland Chapter have a number of candidates, 
some of which received their R.A.M. last month. Temiskaming Chapter 
moved their Chapter room from New Liskeard to Haileybury and will 
be having their new Chapter room dedicated on May 17th of this year. 
This, it is felt, will stimulate new interest being more centrally located 
in their area. Abitibi Chapter should be located in their own Chapter 
room sometime this year and are to be congratulated. This should also 
stimulate new interest and bring in candidates. 

I have for some years advocated the wearing of Chapter jewels by 
the Companions when attending Blue Lodge meetings to stir up interest 
because we in Krikland Lake have found it so. 

The coming visit of our Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch to our District 16 will be a happy and enjoyable occasion 
for the Companions and we are looking forward to meeting with him 
and his party and hearing the message he will be bringing to us. 

I, once again, thank all the Companions who have made this year a 
memorable one for me. 



To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province o^ Ontario. 
Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

I submit herewith Statement of Receipts and Disbursements for the 
period March 1, 1967, to February 29, 1968. 


Balance— February 28, 1967 $ 5,668.37 

Received from Grand Scribe "E.": 

Receipts from Chapters $26,597.01 

Transfer from Life Membership 

Fund 1,631.62 

Transfer from Scholarships and 

Bursaries Fund 185.21 

Interest on Investments 2,357.50 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 716.20 

Charged to Capital Expenditures .... 245.00 

Sale of Histories 84.00 

Sundry Sales 9.90 

Sale of Sterling Trust G.I.C. 



Grand Scribe "E" Office: 

Compensation $ 5,848.90 

Assistants 4,011.41 

Rent 2,688.00 

Canada Pension Plan and G.S.E. 

Annuity 630.79 

Miscellaneous 1,016.35 


Proceedings 2,219.41 

General 414.51 


Grand "Z" 2,000.00 

General 39.65 


Grand Convocation 3,543.79 

Grand Executive 2,444.64 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 600.00 

Jewels, Medals and Engraving 876.25 

Education and Instruction 519.43 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Assn 50.00 

Supplies for resale 1,400.99 

Grand "Z" Regalia 206.12 

Grand "Z" Testimonial 350.00 

Insurance 2,837.87 

Capital Expenditures 175.00 

Purchase of Canada Permanent Mort- 
gage Corp. G.I.C. 6V 2 %, Nov. 1, 

1968 2,000.00 

Scholarships and Bursaries Fund 

expenses 75.62 


Balance— February 29, 1968 5,121.08 





Balance— February 28, 1967 $ 3,110.84 

Received from Grand Scribe "E.": 

Interest on Investments $ 3,297.19 

Bank Interest 69.18 

Sale of Hydro Electric Power Comm. 

41/4%, Nov. 1, 1967 6,500.00 

Sale of Chartered Trust Co. G.I.C., 

5V 2 %, Nov. 26, 1967 2,000.00 

Donation 100.00 


$15,€77.2 1 


Benevolent Grants $ 2,700.00 

Transferred to Scholarship & Bursary Fund 1,174.72 

Purchase of Canada Permanent Mortgage Corp. 

G.I.C., 6Y 2 7c, Nov. 1, 1968 6,500.00 

Purchase of Canada Permanent Mortgage Corp. 

G.I.C., 6V2VC, Nov. 26, 1968 2,000.00 

Balance— As at February 29, 1968 2,702.49 




Balance— February 28, 1967 $ 1,445.97 

Received from Grand Scribe "E.": 

Commutations $2,590.00 

Interest on Investments 770.00 

Bank Interest 46.98 




Transferred to General Fund $1,631.62 

Balance— As at February 29, 1968 3,221.33 




Balance— February 28, 1967 $241.73 

Received from Grand Scribe "E.": 

Bank Interest 7.91 



Balance— As at February 29, 1968 $249.64 





Balance— February 28, 1967 $3,447.39 

Received from Grand Scribe "E.": 

Transferred from Victory Thanksgiving 

Benevolent Fund $1,174.72 

From Chapters 3,945.35 

Interest on Investments 358.50 

Bank Interest 110.71 



Bursaries and Scholarships (8) $3,800.00 

Transferred to General Fund 185.21 

Miscellaneous Expenses 3,985.21 

Balance— As at February 29, 1968 5,051.46 


Respectfully submitted, 


Grand Treasurer. 
Examined and verified — John D. Lewars, C.A., Auditor. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Treasurer be received and 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
I present herewith my seventh Annual Report as Grand Scribe E. 
covering a detail of the Receipts, Special Credits and the Ledger Bal- 
ances of the Constituent Chapters as of February 29, 1968. The Annual 
Returns of the 158 Chapters have been received, reviewed and tabulated. 
All have been examined and verified by Grand Chapter Auditor, Bro. 
John D. Lewars, C.A. 

Balance Balance 
No. , Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui .... $ 298.50 $ 4.75 

2 The Hiram 214.00 3.00 

3 St. John's, London 179.55 1.30 

4 The St. Andrew and St. John 158.75 2.55 

5 St. George's 193.85 20.84 

6 St. John's, Hamilton 173.65 .55 

7 The Moira 272.95 2.50 

8 King Solomon's 435.75 207.25 

15 Wawanosh 250.30 

16 Carleton 644.60 2.60 

18 Oxford 230.20 .65 

19 Mount Moriah 314.35 .60 

20 Mount Horeb 105.50 

22 Grenville 100.25 1.95 

23 Ezra 192.30 .40 

24 Tecumseh 265.85 .65 

26 St. Mark's 161.70 5.20 

27 Manitou 159.75 1.50 

28 Pentalpha 287.65 1.55 

29 McCallum 125.10 1.95 

30 Huron 185.30 5.05 


No. Name of Chapter 

31 Prince Edward 

32 Waterloo 

34 Signet 

35 Keystone, Whitby 

36 Corinthian 

37 Victoria, Port Hope 

40 Guelph 

41 Harris 

44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 

45 Excelsior 

46 St. James 

47 Wellington 

48 St. John's, Cobourg 







St. Thomas 


57 King Hiram 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 

61 Granite 

62 York 

63 Havelock 

64 Willson 

65 St. Paul's, Toronto 

66 The Malloch 

67 Enterprise 

68 Maitland 

69 Grimsby 

71 Prince of Wales, 

72 Keystone, Stirling 

73 Erie 

74 Beaver, Strathroy 

75 St. Clair, Milton 

76 Mount Nebo 

77 Occident 

78 Minnewawa 

79 Orient 

80 Ark 

81 Aylmer 

82 Shuniah 

83 Ionic, Orangeville 

84 Lebanon, Wingham 

88 MacNabb 

90 Golden 

91 Toronto- Antiquity 

94 Midland 

95 Tuscan 

102 Algonquin 

103 St. John's, North Bay 

104 White Oak 

110 Warkworth 

112 St. John's, Morrisburg 

113 Covenant 

114 Bonnechere 

115 Brant 

116 Maple 

117 Kitchener, Kitchener 
119 King Cyrus, Leamington 
129 Elliott 


























































































































No. Name of Chapter 

130 Chantry 

131 Amabel 

132 Leeds 

133 St. Francis 

134 King Darius 

135 Succoth 

138 Shekinah 

140 Fort William 

143 Glengarry 

144 Presqu'ile 

145 The St. Patrick 

146 Bernard 

147 Lucknow 

148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 

149 Atwood 

150 London 

151 Laurentian 

152 Alberton 

153 Sombra 

155 Ancaster 

161 Madoc 

163 The Beaches 

164 Lome 

167 Kichikewana 

168 Ionic, Campbellford 

169 Temiskaming 

175 The Hamilton 

184 Hugh Murray 

195 Peel 

198 Couchiching 

205 Victoria, Thornhill 

210 Kitchener, Russell 

212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 

213 Northern Lights 

214 Vimy 

215 Mimico 

217 St. Alban's 

218 Prince Edward, Shelburne 

219 Ulster 

220 Lebanon, Lambton Mills 

221 Durham 

222 Ottawa 

223 Abitibi 

224 Keystone, Hamilton 

225 Beaver, Toronto 

226 Prince of Wales, Perth 

227 Quinte Friendship 

230 Port Credit 

231 The St. Clair, Toronto 

232 King Cyrus, Toronto 

233 Oakwood 

234 Halton 

235 Aurora 

236 Caledonia 

238 The St. Andrew 

239 Blenheim 

240 Smithville 

241 University 

242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 

























218.40 • 




























































































No. Name of Chapter Amount 

243 McKay 104.00 

245 Preston 93.85 

246 Humber 202.55 

247 Nilestown 328.00 

248 Dochert 60.85 

249 Palestine, Bowmanville 118.55 

250 Thomas Peter's 252.10 

251 Kirkland 178.85 

252 Hiawatha 248.80 

253 Regal 105.30 

254 Golden Star 278.05 

255 Tillsonburg 145.45 

257 Espanola 126.15 

258 Tyrian 55.00 

259 Quetico 108.70 

260 Centennial 85.40 

261 Seguin 59.95 

262 King David 82.55 

263 The Scarborough 228.20 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 104.80 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 250.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 65.20 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 60.00 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 50.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 100.00 

Rebate of Executive Committee expenses 250.72 

Sales to sundry individuals 80.30 

Grand Convocation receipts 2,596.00 

Transfer from Scholarship and 

Bursary Fund 185.21 

Stirling Trust Corp. Certificate 2,000.00 

Sales of supplies and msicellaneous 31.00 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 1,631.62 

Sale of equipment 245.00 























$35,073.90 $2,134.87 $400.36 

For the year ended February 29, 1968 

Receipts from Chapters $26,597.01 

Grand Convocation receipts 2,846.72 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 1,631.62 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 

Interest on investments 2,357.50 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 716.20 

Sale of History 84.00 

Sundries 39.30 

Transfer from Scholarship Fund 185.21 

Stirling Trust Corp. Certificate 2,000.00 

Sale of Equipment 245.00 

Examined and verified: $36,702.56 
(Signed) John D. Lewars, C.A. 


Once again it is time to report on the activities of my Office for 
the fiscal year ending February 29th, 1968. 

It is no light task to write the year's report covering regrets and 
complaints, and in this I ask your indulgence. Let us then consider the 
probable reasons and possible recommendations on a course of action 
for the future. 

Regretfully I must again report loss of Membership. The complaints, 
however, are precisely the same as those contained in my previous re- 
ports. Basically it breaks down to receiving late reports from the 
Committees, Chapters and Grand Superintendents. This results in 
serious handicaps in preparing same for the Auditor, those requiring 
Committee reports and material for submission to the Printer. 

On the direction of the Grand First Principal, the following five 
Chapters are deprived of their 1968 voting privileges, due to the extreme 
late receiving of their Chapter Annual Returns: Chapters Nos. 103, St. 
Johns; 10, Warkworth; 115, Brant; 147, Lucknow; 230, Port Credit. 

While this late reporting is extremely critical, I am pleased to be 
able to report that the number of late Returns received this year has 
been 25% less than that of one year ago, although they still make up 
approximately one-third of all reports. 

What is the peculiar nature of this paradox of all time? The 
Scribes E. of the Constituent Chapters, who throughout their entire 
period of Office are most co-operative and truly endeavour to preserve 
that sense of harmony and uphold the precepts of our Institution, will, 
when it comes time to make their official Annual Reports to Grand 
Chapter Office ignore or overlook the accepted procedure. I sincerely 
believe therefore, if the Scribes E. more fully understood the working of 
Grand Chapter Office and of the reasons for these requirements they 
would gladly co-operate in this respect. 

In my last report I recommended an educational drive, including 
the proper manner in reporting of Registrations, etc., for the First 
Principals and Scribes E. of the Constituent Chapters. The recent 
approved mailing of a form letter and forms on the proper procedure 
for the submission to Grand Chapter Office of changes in the Chapter 
By-laws by the Chairman of the Committee on Constitution, Laws and 
Jurisprudence should have a marked improvement in this important 
phase of the Chapter workings. 

Educating the Scribes E. does not necessarily mean teaching what 
they do not know. It means, on the contrary, that if they know and 
understand the method and reasons for the Constitution requirements 
and Grand Chapter requests, that what may sometimes appear to be 
difficult or unnecessary work could be done by kindness, by watching, 
by warning, by precept and by praise. But above all, I truly hope by 

Numerous forms used in the Scribes E. kits, and elsewhere have 
already been revised and simplified. It is known that the larger form 
used in the Annual Returns is confusing to many and this too is expected 
to be revised. If the Scribes E. have any suggestions they would most 
certainly be welcomed. 

Since the past year indicates 267 Suspensions, perhaps this is a 
warning that if the Companions would only remember their duty to the 
Institution and its Character, they surely would not permit themselves 
to be suspended for non-payment of dues. 

Excluding Chapter No. 163, which affiliated with Chapter No. 8, 
Demits of 356 took a heavy toll. This could raise the question as to 
whether every request for a Demit and proposed Suspension is care- 
fully investigated by personal visitation; a procedure which should keep 
our ranks on the increase. Growth and enthusiasm is contagious. 

Our Admissions, Affiliations, and Restorations outnumber those 
called to a Higher Realm by 284 Members. Yet the Demits and Sus- 


pensions offset this fine record by resulting in a net loss of 425 Mem- 

My thanks to the Scribes E. and Grand Superintendents who have 
assisted in the important work of Grand Chapter Office during the past 
year and assuring them of my wish to be of further assistance to them 
at all times. 

Respectfully submitted, 


Grand Scribe E. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the report as amended of the Grand S.E. be received 
and adopted. 


Most Excellent Companion, Stanley Fortch, Grand First Principal, 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account and 
supporting records of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer of 
the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario for the fiscal year ended February 29, 1968. From this exam- 
ination, I have prepared the statements listed below and I now present 
them together with my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"-^Balance Sheet as at February 29, 1968. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditures Account for 
the year ended February 29, 1968. 

Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as at 
February 29, 1968. 

Schedule "2" — The Life Membership Fund — Grand Chapter as at 
February 29, 1968. 

Schedule "3" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at February 
29, 1968. 

Schedule "4" — The Scholarships and Bursaries Fund as at February 
29, 1968. 


The Petty Cash Fund was counted at the time of my examination 
and found to be in order. Vouchers were examined in support of all 
disbursements from this fund. The several bank balances, shown in 
Exhibit "A" and the Schedules "1", "2", "3" and "4" were verified as 
at February 29, 1968 and all the bank transactions in the several 
funds for the year then ended were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from the various Chapters were reviewed 
in detail and appear to be proper charges and collectible. I am pleased 
to note, that as at the time of my examination, all Annual Returns had 
been received from the constituent Chapters. 

The charge against the Life Membership Fund of Grand Chapter 
for Life Membership Dues for 1967 has been computed on the same 
basis as in the preceding year. I recommend that the balances due 
from the various funds be transferred to the General Fund as soon 
as possible. 

The computation of the accrued interest in the several funds was 
checked and found to be in order. 


The inventories of supplies for resale and Jewels were furnished to 
me by your Grand Scribe E. without further verification by me. 

The investments of the several funds are set out in detail in Ex- 
hibit "A" and Schedules "1", "2" and "4". These investments are held 
in a safe-deposit box in the City Hall Branch of The Canadian Imperial 
Bank of Commerce in the joint custody of any two of the Grand Scribe 
E., the Grand Treasurer, the Grand First Principal and the President 
of the Executive Committee. These investments have been counted and 
found to be in order. 

So far as I was able to ascertain, from due inquiry of the officials 
concerned and from the information presently available, all known 
liabilities of the various funds were taken up in the books of account 
as at February 29, 1968 and are reflected in the attached statements. 
During the fiscal year under review, proceeds from the disposal of 
equipment were credited to the Reserve for Capital Expenditure and 
expenditures for equipment were charged to this Reserve. 

Details of operations of the General Fund for the fiscal year ended 
February 29, 1968, as shown by the books of account of the Grand 
Scribe E., are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the budget 
for the fiscal year under review, as approved by Grand Chapter. 

I note that during 1968 the annual dues were increased to $1.30 
per member. At the same time, the commutation fee for life members 
was increased from $10.00 to $20.00. I should like to point out that 
at the time that $10.00 was established it was only expected to pro- 
duce $0.50 per annum. Using this reasoning, a commutation fee of 
$20.00 should only be expected to produce $1.00 per annum. I realize 
that when commutation fees were established, it was only expected 
that the Life Membership Fund would earn an average of 3% per 
annum, and now it is earning in excess of this rate. However, I recom- 
mend that consideration be given to increasing the fee for Honorary 
Memberships and Life Memberships to approximately $25.00. 

As in preceding years, interim examination were made of the 
books of account of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer and 
tentative interim reports were submitted as of August 31, 1967 and 
November 30, 1967. 

My examination included a general review of the accounting pro- 
cedures and such tests of the accounting records and other supporting 
evidence as I considered necessary under the circumstanes. I have 
obtained all the information and explanations which I have required. 

In my opinion, subject to the foregoing comments, the attached 
Balance Sheets and related statements are drawn up so as to exhibit 
a true and correct view of the state of the financial affairs of the 
Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario as at February 29, 1968 and the results of its operations 
for the year then ended, according to the best of my information and 
the explanations afforded to me and as shown by the books of the 
Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 






Petty Cash Fund $ 200.00 

Cash in Bank 5 ,121.0 8 $ 5,321.08 


Chapters $1,734.51 

Life Membership Fund — 

Grand Chapter 855.18 

Scholarship and Bursary Fund 61.76 

The Chapters Life 

Membership Fund 37^49 2,688.94 

Accrued Interest in Investments .... 928.75 

Inventory of Supplies for Resale 

(Cost) 2,740.78 

Inventory of Jewels (Estimated 

Replacement Cost) 1,669.13 5,338.66 



Government of Canada— 4 V 2 r /c— 1983 17,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage— 6 V 2 r /c— 1968 .. 2,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3# — 1977 4.000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3%%— 1979 28,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 4%— 1974 6,000.00 

Metropolitan Toronto— 3 %%— 1975 3,000.00 

~ 60,500.00 

Less: Unamortized Discount _ 24.87 60,475.1" 

Furniture: Fixtures and Equipment (Cost) 11,730.67 

Less: Allowance for Depreciation 11,716.05 1^6? 

Grand Chapter— Library ......T. ........... 250.00 

Grand Chanter— Reeralia 75.00 

Deferred Charges — Liability Insurance 1,874.25 


The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1") 71,070.37 

The Life Membership Fund (Schedule "2") . 24,562.82 

The Chaptprs Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule ("3") 212.15 

The Srholarshin and Bursaries Fund 

(Schedule ""4") 15,784.70 

1 1 1 M30.04 



Accounts Payable $ 16.96 

Reserve for Capital Expenditures 166.10 183.06 

Reserve for Special Funds 111,630.0^ 


Balance— March 1, 1967 73,373.19 

Add: Excess of Revenue over Expenditure 

(Exhibit "B") 2,481.43 75,854.62 



Exhibit "B' 
For The Year Ended February 29, 1968 


Fees $ 2,000.00 

Dues 23,530.00 

Life Membership Dues 1,500.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,000.00 

Interest on Investments 2,400.00 

Total Revenue 31,605.00 32,052.10 *447.10 

Total Expenditure 30,890.00 29,570.67 1,319.33 

Estimated Surplus for the year 

ended February 29, 1968 $ 715.00 

Excess of Revenue over Expenditure 

for the year ended February 29, 1968 $ 2,481.43 $ 1,766.43 





or under 

$ 1,973.50 

$ 26.50 




* 129.05 




* 44.80 









Actual Expenditure 

or under 


$ 5,850.00 $ 5.850.00 

Office Assistants 



$ 148.59 




Misc. (Telephone, 

Postage, Supplies 







Canada Pension Plan 




Foreign Correspondence 


















Grand Z 











: 43.79 

Executive Committee .... 

Committee (Trial) 




Jewels and Engraving 




Grant to Masonic 




Liability Insurance 




Can. Masonic Research 




Education & Instruction 


Supplies for Resale 




Regalia — Grand Z 




Regalia Repairs 



Testimonial — Grand Z 



Office Expenses 




$29,570.67 $ 1,319.33 


Schedule '1" 


As at February 29, 1968 

Balances— March 1, 1967 

Capital $67,085.78 

Unexpended Income: 

Received for Benevolent Committee 2,900.00 

Available for Scholarships and Bursaries 

Committee 1,174.72 $71,160.50 


— Donations 

— Bond Interest 

— Bank Interest 

— Amortization of Bond Discount 

255.22 3,786.69 


— Benevolence 

— Transferred to Scholarships and 
Bursaries Funds 

— Amortization of Bond Premium 




2.10 3,876.82 

Balances — February 29, 1968: 

Capital 67,185.78 

Unexpended Income (available for Benevolence 

Scholarships and Bursaries) 3,884.59 71,070.37 


Cash in Bank 2,702.49 

Accrued Interest 719.61 3,422.10 


Gov't, of Canada— 4 V 2 %— 1983 11.700.00 

Gov't, of Canada— 2% %— 1968 8,000.00 

Province of Ontario — 2%% — 1968 1,000.00 

National Trust Co.— 6%— 1970 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3% — 1977 1,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3 V 2 c /r— 1979 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp.— 5 V.^— 1969 3.000.00 

Can. Perm. Mortgage— 5%#— 1968 21,000.00 

Royal Trust Co.— 6% #—1971 3,000.00 

Can. Perm. Mortage— 6 Vz%— 1968 8,500.00 

Deduct — Unamortized Discount 551.73 67,648.27 



Schedule "2" 
As at February 29, 1968 

Balance— March 1, 1967 $22,814.89 


— Interest on Investments $ 770.00 

—Bank Interest 46.98 

— Life Memberships and Honorary 

Membership Issued 2,560.00 3,376.98 

Deduct — Life Membership Dues 1,629.05 

Balance— February 29, 1968 24,562.82 


Cash in Bank 3,221.33 

Accrued Interest on Investments 256.67 

Due from Chapters 120.00 

Metropolitan Toronto— 3 V 2 r /c— 1973 22,000.00 25,598.00 


Due to General Fund 855.18 

Deposits received from Chapter re Honorary 
or Life Memberships to be accepted when 
provisions of the Constitution have been 
adhered to 180.00 1,035.18 


Schedule "3" 


As at February 29, 1968 

Balance— March 1, 1967 $ 241.73 

Add— Bank Interest 7.91 

Less — 1967 Dues transferable to General Account for credit 

to the Chapters' Accounts 37.49 

Balance— February 29, 1968 212.15 


Cash in Bank 249.64 


Due to General Fund 37.49 



Schedule "4" 


As at February 29, 1968 

Balance— March 1, 1967 $14,053.19 


Donations $ 3,971.45 

Transfer from Victory Thanksgiving 

Benevolent Fund 1,174.72 

Interest on Investments 376.50 

Bank Interest 84.46 5,607.13 


Scholarships and Bursaries 3,800.00 

Sundry Expenses 75.62 3,875.62 

Balance — February 29, 1968 15,784.70 


Cash in Bank 5,051.46 

Accrued Interest 195.00 5,246.46 


State of Israel — 1976 300.00 

Province of Ontario — S ( / ( — 1977 7,000.00 

Government of Canada— 4 %%— 1983 3,300.00 10,600.00 


Due to General Fund 61.76 


* T> T t is ^ e P° rt was Presented by the Grand Scribe E., and on motion 
of R. Ex. Comp. Ackert, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, it 
was received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures for the 
year ending February 29, 1968, and submits the following analysis 
in support thereof: 

Printing Proceedings $2,219.41 

Printing, general 414.51 


It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed at 
the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 1968-69: 

Printing Proceedings $2,400.00 

Printing, general 1,100.00 

Printing for resale 1,000.00 


NOTE: The printing of the "Keystone" Bulletin is carried under 
General Printing. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. K. Hogaboom, Chairman 
R. Ex. Comp. A. O'Halloran 
R. Ex. Comp. I. G. Noble 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. E. K. Hogaboom, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
A. O'Halloran, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Printing Committee be received 
and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

It is my pleasure to make this report on behalf of your investment 
committee. Our submission will of necessity be brief since there were 
only 2 bonds mature in 1967 and this is the only change in your in- 
vestment account since the last report. 

The bonds maturing this year were 1 — 2,000 dollar investment 
certificate of Eastern and Chartered Trust at 5%% and 1 — 6,500 dol- 
lar H.E.P.C. bond at 4%%. Both have been renewed with The Canada 
Permanent Trust for 1 year at QVz%. 

The opinion of the committee seems to be that in view of the un- 
settled condition of the bond market and the changing interest rate, we 
should invest on a short term basis with the objective of changing over 
our holdings to a better interest bearing portfolio. This has been the 
policy followed by your committee this year. 

I am in the process of having your complete portfolio of investments 
evaluated to find the cost of conversion to a better interest bearing 

We hope to have the evaluation report ready for the next meeting 
of the Gr. 1st Principals Advisory Council for their consideration. 

I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to the Grand Council, the 
Grand Scribe E., the Grand Treasurer and the Members of this com- 
mittee for their valuable assistance and guidance in the past year. 

This report of the investment committee is respectfully submitted 
on their behalf by 


Chairman of Investments. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Brown, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Harold Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Investment Committee be received 
and adopted. 


No Report Available. 



Your Committee on Grievances and Appeals submits the following' 

1. Re: Excellent Companion William L. Lankin, a member of St. 
Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4 G.R.C. 

A charge was laid in St. Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4 G.R.C. 
against one of its members, Excellent Companion William L. Lankin 
on the Masonic charge "Disobedience to those in authority or contemp- 
tuous language towards them." Under Rule 49 of the Constitution of 
Grand Chapter the Grand First Principal withdrew this case from trial 
by the Chapter and referred the same to a Commission for trial. 

Upon hearing evidence the Commission found Ex. Comp. Lankin 
guilty as charged and recommended that he be expelled. 

The then Grand Z. of this Grand Chapter at the Annual Convoca- 
tion expelled Ex. Companion William L. Lankin from all privileges in 
Royal Arch Masonry. This action was 1 not in accordance with the Con- 
stitution of Grand Chapter as by Section 6 of the Constitution Grand 
Chapter alone has power of expulsion. 

An appeal was filled on behalf of Ex. Comp. Lankin within the 
time prescribed by the Constitution of Grand Chapter and the appeal 
was heard by your Committee at which Ex. Comp. Lankin was present. 

After reading the evidence taken before the Commission and the 
recommendations of the Commission and after hearing the accused, 
your Committee on Grievances and Appeals concurs in the findings of 
the Committee and recommends as follows: 

That Excellent Companion William L. Lankin be expelled by Grand 

2. Re: Right Excellent Companion O. B. Dickinson, a member of St. 
Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4 G.R.C. 

A charge was laid in St. Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4 G.R.C. 
against one of its members, Right Excellent Companion 0. B. Dickin- 
son, on the Masonic charge "Disobedience to those in authority or con- 
temptuous language towards them." Under Rule 49 of the Constiution 
of Grand Chapter the Grand First Principal withdrew this case from 
trial by the Chapter and referred the same to a Commission for trial. 

After hearing evidence the Commission found Right Excellent Com- 
panion 0. B. Dickinson guilty as charged and recommended that he be 
suspended from St. Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4 G.R.C. for 
a period of two years from the date of the Grand First Principal's 
confirmation of the finding of the Commission and that Right Excellent 
Companion Dickinson be permitted to return to his Chapter only by a 
two-thirds vote of the Companions of St. Andrew and St. John Chapter 
on the said Right Excellent Companion 0. B. Dickinson making appli- 
cation so to do. 

The then Grand Z. followed the recommendation of the Commission 
and suspended Rt. Ex. Comp. Dickinson as above. This action was not 
in accordance with the Constitution of this Grand Chapter because by 
Rule 58 of the Constitution definite suspension shall expire by limita- 
tion. In this case the Commission recommended suspension for a defin- 
ite period of two years. By Rule 54 of the Constitution only a Com- 
panion suspended indefinitely must petition his Chapter for restoration 
and by Rule 56 this vote must be by ballot of two-thirds of the mem- 
bers present. 

An appeal was filed on behalf of Rt. Ex. Companion Dickinson 
within the time prescribed by the Constitution of Grand Chapter and 
this appeal was heard by your Committee at which Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Dickinson was present accompanied by legal Counsel. 


Your Committee on Grievances and Appeals upon reading the evi- 
dence and the findings of the Commission, and after hearing the accused 
and what was alleged by his Counsel, approves the finding of the Com- 
mission but is of the opinion this case merits more than definite sus- 
pension for two years and recommends that Grand Chapter order in- 
definite suspension and direct that Rt. Excellent Companion O. B. 
Dickinson be notified to appear before the Grand Executive of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario at the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter to show 
cause why he should not be expelled and that in the meantime his sus- 
pension be continued. 


F. W. DEAN, 

M. A. SEARLE, (Chairman) 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. Dean, 
and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Grievances and 
Appeals be received, and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers and Mem- 
bers of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee charged with the responsibility of reviewing the 
address of our Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch 
is pleased to report its conclusions. 

May we at the outset express the profound thanks, appreciation 
and gratitude of the Companions of our Grand Chapter for the out- 
standing leadership, dedication and dignified manner in which our 
Grand First Principal has addressed himself to the responsibilities of 
his office. We give thanks to our Great Jehovah for blessing our Grand 
First Principal and his good lady, with an abundance of health and 

We join with our Grand First Principal in his warm and sincere 
welcome, extended to our distinguished guests and 1 share in his feelings 
that their presence here today, and their support down through the 
years has contributed in a great measure, to any success our Grand 
Chapter may enjoy. 

We concur in his welcome on behalf of our Grand Chapter, to our 
distinguished guests, Most Worshipful Brother Donald J. Gunn and 
Most Worshipful Brother Ewart Dixon, Grand Secretary. We particu- 
larly rejoice in knowing that improved health has been restored to 
our Grand Master and pray that the blessing of the Most High will 
be always with him. 

We acknowledge with admiration and appreciation, the great num- 
ber of visits made to individual Chapters and districts within our 
Jurisdiction. Likewise, tangible evidence of his energy and zeal is in 
evidence when we peruse the list of visits he has made on our behalf 
to Sister Jurisdictions. 

We note his concern, over the lack of interest that has been shown 
by many of the Chapters, toward several of the Committees that have 
been set up by Grand Chapter, set up not only to aid the various 
Chapters, but to put into practice in a tangible manner, the principles 
of our Great Institution. We concur with him in recognizing the tre- 
mendous sacrifice of time and talents of the personnel of the various 
committees, and join with our Grand Z. in urging that all Chapters 
make better use of the facilities that are available to them. 


We are pleased to note the work of the new Public Relations 
Committee and compliment them on their untiring efforts' in this new 

We would join with him in recording our appreciation for the 
dedicated and constant service our Grand Chapter receives, year after 
year, from the Members of the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A Principals' 
Association. Their vast experience and dedication to purpose has con- 
tributed time and time again immeasureably to the success of our 
Grand Convocation. 

Your Committee notes with pride, the dedication during the past 
year, of four new Masonic Templesi and agree with our Grand First 
Principal, that the erection of such stately and superb edifices can only 
reflect confidence and stability for the future of our great instiution. 

We congratulate Keystone Chapter No. 22, Sterling, Ontario on 
receiving their own new Warrant, replacing the used Warrant they 
have been working under. We join with him in expressing our best 
wishes for the future and will look forward with keen interest to par- 
ticipating in their forthcoming 100th Anniversary. 

It is most gratifying to note, that during the past Year, 47 fifty 
year Royal Arch Mason Jewels were presented, along with 63 twenty- 
five years and Installed First Principal Jewels. It is of particular 
significance, that we acknowledge the presentation of 2 Sixty Year 
Royal Arch Masons Bars, presented to Companion James A. Walker 
at the remarkable age of 102, and Companion Malcolm Fraser at the 
age of 84. To these Very Distinguished Masons, along with the great 
number who received other Jewels, we join with our Grand First Prin- 
cipal in expressing our congratulations and our fervent prayer that the 
Great Jehovah will be watching over them. 

It is pleasing to note that during the past year, three Companions 
were awarded the Distinguished Service Award, and we join in offer- 
ing our congratulations to these distinguished Companions. 

Our Grand First Principal has recorded most fittingly our sense 
of great loss in the passing, during the past year, of so many of our 

"Sailed with Death to that mysterious strand 
Where frightened ships go sailing evermore, 
But none return to tell us of that land." 

We concur in the recommendations of our Grand Z., in granting 
Past Rank to certain of our Companions in light of the information 
and request that has been brought to his attention. 

We concur wholeheartedly in his recommendation that Most Wor- 
shipful Brother Donald J. Gunn have bestowed upon him, the Rank 
of Honourary Past Zerrubbabcl. 

Your Committee are in full accord with the recommendation of 
our Grand Z., that Honourary Membership on our Grand Executive 
Committee be conferred upon Rt. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, in 
recognition of his long and faithful service to our Grand Chapter. 

The dispensations granted by him, have been found to be mainly 
of a routine nature, and constitutionally in order and are, therefore, 

Your Committee acknowledges the large list of amendments to By- 
Laws and wishes to compliment the various Chapters on their diligent 
attention to this important phase of our work. 

We also approve of our Grand Z's appointments of Grand Repre- 
sentatives and congratulate him on his selection. 

We are happy to share with our Grand Z, his congratulations to 
the Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of Toronto District 8 and 
8A and also the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 


Toronto, for their constant and untiring efforts in bringing- relief and 
happiness to those so less fortunate. 

We note with interest his reference to the Financial Status of our 
Grand Chapter and congratulate him on the manner with which he has 
conducted the affairs of Grand Chapter, which resulted in a surplus 
far in excess of our Budgeted Figure. 

We likewise join in his concern that any surplus we may enjoy at 
the present time, could very quickly disappear if the continued drop 
in our Membership is not brought under control, and that constant 
surveillance of our expenses in all phases must be maintained. 

We share with equal alarm; his concern over our loss of Member- 
ship and agree with him, that this trend can be, and must be, arrested 
promptly. While we have Grand Chapter Officers who have giving un- 
stintingly of their time and talents, the cure of this problem, in a great 
measure, rests entirely in the hands of the First Principals of our 
respective Chapters. 

We observe with equal concern, his reference to an incident re- 
garding a violation of our constitution and concur in his observations. 

We note with particular interest, his reference to the Constitutional 
Review Committee and wholeheartedly concur that this work be car- 
ried on without delay and that action be implemented as quickly as 
possible in order to accomplish the purpose of the Committee. 

We note his gracious acknowledgement and indebtedness to the 
Members of his Grand Council, his Officers and Committee Members, 
whose great contributions are so essential to the success of his office. 
We acknowledge, with gratitude, his expression of thanks and appre- 

We particularly join with him, in expressing congratulations to 
Rt. Ex. Comp. James Woodland for the outstanding contribution he has 
made down through the years, to Masonry in general, and Grand 
Chapter in particular. 

In conclusion, your committee would record its endorsement of the 
address and Annual Report of the activities of our Grand First Prin- 
cipal, Most Excellent Companion, Stanley Portch. It is a record of 
faithful dedicated service. He has given untiringly of his time and 
talents and has maintained, in a most gracious manner, the great and 
fundamental principles of our time honoured Institution. 

Fraternally submitted, 




C. W. EMMETT, (Chairman) 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 

J. L. House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's 
Address be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

This report of the Archives Committee for the year 1967-68 is not 
lengthly but it does contain certain suggestions dealing with the pre- 
servation of items of interest to the history of the various Chapters 
but more specifically with that of Grand Chapter. In checking over 


some of the items in the Archives it became quite apparent that if 
Grand Chapter is to have a worthy collection of the records of the 
past some books! of valuable materials are in need of repair. If we 
deem them of great historic importance then we should seriously con- 
sider preserving- them. There are a number of large bulky Royal Arch 
Mason registers or folios, which contain the membership from the start 
of Grand Chapter in Ontario. The annual consulting of these and check- 
ing with the annual returns have caused them to become divorced from 
their backing into almost a pile of loose leaves. The age of the paper 
also has made the paper rather brittle. To reduce the need to consult 
these folios at the year end, our Grand Scribe E. has recopied the 
names of the living members into an easier to handle new set of folios. 
This does not however say that these old records do not need to be 
consulted, because some of our demitted or suspended members may 
decide to return to the fold or if a Chapter is approaching their Cen- 
tennial, their historian may wish to consult one or all of those folios. 
We are sure that there may be many such requests. It should be borne 
in mind that some documents which to some of us may seem almost 
useless, may be of inestimable value to the student of masonry in the 

Particular attention was given to Folio 5, a massive volume, deal- 
ing with the membership in the 1920's (40 to 50 years ago), contain- 
ing the membership of the half century life of those nearing their cen- 
tennial. This is now reduced to a group of about 500 loose pages, mak- 
ing handling very difficult for the book and the checker. These pages are 
getting brittle with age, so brittle that the rebinding is an impossibil- 
ity. Some of the other folios are almost as bad. The committee did 
not go into the price of restoration of them but suggest two possibilities, 
both of which would entail some expense and labour: 
(a) The refacing of the original with a transparent self -attaching 
material and then binding, (b) the lengthy and laborious task of re- 
copying in a new binder or folio. 

The membership index, a cross-referenco for these folios is exten- 
sively used by the Grand Scribe E and his secretary at all times of 
the year when any request is made about the membership, past or pre- 
sent. This book, if we may presume to call it that, has passed its state 
of usefulness as it now is it is but a cover containing a mass of loose 
pages. We recommend that it be replaced. I, the chairman, would be 
pleased to spend the time recopying it so that hours of valuable time 
of our Grand Scribe E. will not be wasted in using it for the years to 

There are also in our Archives many old historic records, dating 
back to the early 1800's. We feel that these should be preserved by a 
transparent facing and proper filed to preserve the history of Royal 
Arch Masonry. The continual folding of such papers soon causes the 
ancient paper to break and crumble, it like ourselves becomes fragile 
with age. 

These are the major points which we feel that Grand Chapter 
should put attention upon to preserve our very valuable but easily lost 
historical articles. 

This report is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

OLIVER T. FLINT, Chairman. 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
O. T. Flint, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Archives Committee be received 
and adopted. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. D. Welham, and— 

Resolved— That R. Ex. Comp. Oliver T. Flint be Grand Archivist. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons' of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and My Companions: 

In submitting this, the report of the Masonic Instruction Commit- 
tee, may I as Chairman, express our sincere thanks and appreciation 
for the dedicated manner in which the district Chairman and the mem- 
bers of their Committee discharged their duties during the past year. 

During the Instructions to the newly elected Grand Superintendents 
following our Grand Convocation of last year, we made available to 
them our service and express a willingness to travel to their districts 
and speak at their district meetings regarding the aims and objects 
of this special committee and, in general, the programme of Grand 

We are now pleased to report, Most Excellent Sir, that the follow- 
ing districts held meetings where your committee were invited to attend. 
May 2, 1967— Peel Chapter, Toronto District 8A. 
June 5, 1967 — Wellington District 4, District Meeting. 
June 14, 1967— Toronto District 8, District Meeting. 
June 26, 1967 — Centennial Chapter, Toronto District 8A. 
June 29, 1967 — Ontario District 10, Lindsay, Ontario. 
September 27, 1967 — King Hiram Chapter, Niagara District 7, Port 

Colborne, Ontario. 
October 3, 1967— Pentalpha Chapter, Oshawa, Ontario District 10. 
October 10, 1967— White Oak Chapter, Oakville, Ontario, Hamilton Dis- 
trict 5. 
November 16, 1967 — St. Clair Chapter, Milton, Ontario, Hamilton Dis- 
trict 5. 

December 6, 1967 — Huron District 6, Past Principals Association. 
February 9, 1968 — Couchiching Chapter, Orillia, Ontario, Georgian Dis- 
trict 9. 
February 21, 1968^-Carlton Chapter 16, Ottawa, Ontario. 
February 24, 1968 — St. Lawrence District 12, District Meeting, Brock- 

ville, Ontario. 
March 27, 1968 — Wellington District Meeting, Wellington District 4, 

Guelph, Ontario. 

On each, and every occasion, Members of the Grand Chapter Com- 
mittee were most graciously received, and in every instance, were 
more than pleased with the large turnout of Members of Councils of 
the various Chapters of the particular district. 

We would record at this time, our appreciation to our Grand Scribe 
E., Rt. Ex. Companion Hamilton and the personnel of his office for the 
co-operation and assistance they afforded the Committee during the 
past year in the discharge of its duties. 

As a result of an ever increasing demand for the lessons of our 
various Degrees, your Committee met on several occasions and com- 
piled and had printed, through the good offices of our Grand Scribe E., 
this material which in turn was forwarded on to the various Chapters. 

While we are ever mindful of the time and effort that is expended 
in discharging the aims and objects of this committee, we regret that 
a greater use of these facilities have not been made use of by more 

We view this lack of interest with concern, when we note from 
reviewing the reports of the Grand Superintendents, that altogether too 
many Chapters are experiencing difficulties; difficulties of a nature 
that your Committee feels we could make a marked contribution in 
finding a solution, and together we would strengthen the fibre of our 
great Institution. We are prompted, however, to respectfully remind 


you, that this Committee and our sub-committees have no power or 
jurisdiction whatsoever, and can only assist and carry out our pro- 
gramme when invited to do so by Chapter or a Ruling- Grand Super- 

We are encouraged in our work by the number of requests we re- 
ceive from the Grand Superintendents for help and assistance in dis- 
charging their duties. Likewise, we are pleased to note the number of 
requests from Grand Superintendents are increasing in number year 
by year. 

We would strongly recommend to the officers of the various Chap- 
ters, particularly the Ruling Principals, that they avail themselves of 
our service, so that we can endeavour to overcome, collectively, many 
of the problems that are confronting our Chapters, and are a source of 
constant concern of our Grand First Principal. 

In conclusion, we would be remiss, if we did not record our sincere 
appreciation for the marked contribution made to this Committee by 
Rt. Ex. Comp. James Turnfbull, who has given unstintingly of his time 
and talents, particularly in compiling the various Lessons of the various 

Fraternally submitted, 

p. p. McGregor, 


B. H. SMITH, Vice Chairman, 

C. W. EMMETT, Chairman. 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Hay, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. Emmett, 

and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Masonic Instruction Committee 
be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Pro- 
vince of Ontario: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

A better knowledge of our Ritual is becoming more and more wide- 
spread and more uniform in interpretation. 

But my friends, if our Order stands for anything, it is surely to 
be found upon the side of good citizenship, and the uplift of our 
character and the application of the Golden Rule. A man who does not 
experience a beneficial influence upon those with whom he associates, 
can never lend strength to our Royal Craft. 

Each one of us must realize that the beautiful lessons of Capitular 
Masonry are not intended to provide a vehicle for a display of ritual- 
istic talent; nor yet just a part of an attractive and interesting yet 
insincere ceremonial; but are intended to present a challenge to each 
one of us to apply the principles to our lives and our daily living. 

I believe a word of caution should be sounded in regard to the 
selection of our officers and leaders. 

No educational system will be of any value to a Chapter, if the 
Officers show indifference, lack of enthusiasm, or poor workmanship. 

It must always be remembered that to succeed "he who wears the 
spurs must first win them." 

Surely it is not too much to expect that an Officer shall set an 
example in diligence, interest and enthusiasm — the success or failure 
of each Chapter depends on this! 

Leadership is the important ingredient to success in Chapter man- 
agement, and to give successful leadership its leaders must understand 


the ethics and principles we teach — and once understood make it 
j. part of their lives. 

This past year, Canada has celebrated its 100th anniversary of its 
birth as a nation. My friends, true greatness is measured in terms of 
character — as Masons we have a peculiar responsibility! In moulding 
the character of others we mould and enrich our own lives, should en- 
rich our character, and enhance the distinction of Capitular Masonry 
throughout our great country. 

Your Educauon Commitcee have conscientiously reviewed questions 
submitted to it during the past year and have worked closely with 
the Masonic Instruction Committee in the task of unifying and improv- 
ing, the understanding of our ritualistic work — this to be reported 
specifically by that Committee. 

Your Education Committee is ready at all times to be of service, 
2nd desires to wish each Chapter in our Grand Jurisdiction every suc- 
cess in their undertakings in the coming year. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Grand Council 

Past Grand Z.'s 

Chairman and Vice Chairman 

Masonic Instruction Committee 

Grand Lecturer 

Grand Scribe E. 

Fraser Hay, M.D., Chairman. 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Hay, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. Emmett, 
and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Masonic Education Committee 
be received and adopted. 


Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by the Grand Third 
Principal, and — 

Resolved — That V. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull be elected Grand 


To The Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province of 

The following is the report of the Special Committee which was 
appointed by Most Excellent Comp. James Girven to revise our Consti- 

To accomplish our task, we obtained copies of the Constitutions of 
all the Grand Chapters in Canada, except that of New Brunswick, and 
how we came to miss that particular body seems to have been an over- 
sight. In order to see what jurisdictions, other than Canadian, are doing 
with their Grand Chapters, we obtained copies of the Constitutions of 
Northern Ireland, England, Michigan, New Jersey and California. 

A study of these Constitutions was very interesting, although the 
time consumed could not be measured in hours, but in days and weeks. 
We found some provisions in these other Constitutions which are ex- 
tremely interesting and could very likely be used to good advantage 
by ourselves. 

As we reported last year, we have a completed draft of the pro- 
visions pertaining to the Constituent Chapters. We also have in the 
process of being typed a complete draft of the provisions dealing with 
Grand Chapter. At the time of dictating this Report, some typing re- 


mains to be done and if it is not completed by the time that this 
Report is presented, it will be shortly thereafter. 

At a Meeting' of the Advisory Committee held recently, our Report 
was discussed, and the suggestion made that since it could not possibly 
become effective before 1969, and probably not then owing to the 
rather large'sized problem of submitting it to the various Chapters and 
receiving any recommendations they might desire to make, it was 
recommended to us that we pass a number of amendments to our Con- 
stitution as it stands at present so as to take care of the considerable 
number of requests for changes which have been made during the last 
year or so. This seemed to be a good idea, so our Committee has 
decided to pursue that course. Therefore, at our next Regular Convoca- 
tion, several amendments will be suggested for your approval, which 
will be in accordance with wishes which have already been expressed 
by Chapiters. 

One of the amendments that has been suggested to us is that 
the Chapters be allowed to close down the Royal Arch Degree before 
proceeding with either of the other Degrees. We think that that is a 
matter of changing the Ritual, but we will certainly bring in some 
provision at the next Convocation for your consideration to make this 

In the name of economy, we have been wondering if it would not 
be possible to cut down the length of our Convocation by one day. 
We think that the Grand First Principal is contemplating the appoint- 
ment of a Committee to study this matter. To this end, the Districts 
could hold their own district meetings in their respective Districts for 
the election of their Grand Superintendents prior to the meeting of 
Grand Chapter. Other Grand Chapters have adopted that practice 
with considerable iiatisfaction. 

Another matter which has been brought before our Committee is 
the matter of concurred jurisdiction with all the Chapters across the 
entire jurisdiction. There are ^arguments for and arguments against 
this, but it is something you can take home with you and think over 

We iare also going to lay before your provisions for a different 
type of election, namely the use of the transferable vote. Three other 
Grand jurisdictions have this system. It might entail a little longer 
time for the scrutineers to count the ballots, but it would certainly save 
the time of Grand Chapter in having to have more than one election. 
In this connection further, we wil also lay before you the suggestion 
that the elections take place at a different time. This, of course, will 
depend on a ilarge extent on how the Convocation of Grand Chapter 
can be shortened. 

These are a few of the items that have been brought before our 
Committee [and this is advance warning so that you can give them 
your best consideration. Perhaps a letter to any member of our Com- 
mittee expressing your views could be sent forward and we can assure 
you that it would be most helpful. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. SEA RLE, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. LEO GENT. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. G. H. SHANNON, Chairman 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Gent, and — 

Resolved' — That the report on the Revision of the Constitution be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Grand Council and Grand Executive has had great concern 
about our continuing high losses in membership. This led to the appro- 
val by Grand Chapter last year of the appointment of a Committee to 
study ways of assisting and stimulating our Constituent Chapters to 
reverse this loss of membership trend. 

Your Committee felt, that to be effective we needed to enlist the 
help of the Executive Committees of the Constituent Chapters and in 
this way (find out the problems they were facing, along with their sug- 
gestions for overcoming them. 

A letter sent to each First Principal listing a number of questions 
asked that he discuss them with his Executive Committee any reply 
giving answers to the questions and any recommendations his Chapter 
felt would contribute to greater interest and stimulation in Royal Arch 

Even though we have received replies from slightly less than one- 
third of our Constituent Chapters your Committee has been greatly 
heartened by the depth of ithought and ^commendations in the replies. 
Many of the replies have been three to four pages in length and added 
to this, some dedicated and extremely interested Companions have sent 
in personal letters through their Excellent First Principals. 

While it is extremely difficult to summarize the recommendations, 
I ,will report on the major ones. I should point out though that quite 
a number of the recommendations if adopted would require changes- to 
our Constitution requires a notice of motion to be submitted to the 
Grand Scribe E. before the 31st day of January preceding the Con- 
vocation at which the Motion is to be considered. Consequently these 
recommendations cannot be brought before Grand Chapter until 1969. 

A number of other suggestions and recommendations had to do 
with matters which are beyond our jurisdiction and are matters over 
which Grand Lodge has authority. 

It was evident from the replies that practically all Constituent 
Chapters felt the number of meetings per year should remain as covered 
by our present Constitution and By-laws. 

There was practically unanimous opinion that the amalgamation 
of smaller Chapters would do little to overcome our problems. 

Again, practically all Chapters recommended that our Scholarship 
and Bursary Fund should be our Major Charitable work and that all 
Chapters should give this Fund their full support. 

I believe without exception all replies agreed! that t^e social side 
of our programs should be stimulated with new ideas snd apnroaches. 

A large number of Chapters recommended that what has become a 
tradition in some districts, of superintendents being elected in rotation, 
should be discouraged in favour of a nomination of a Candidate from 
each Chapter and an election of the most qualified Companion. 

Another strong recommendation from several Chapters was a 
request that whatever changes are necessary be instituted to permit 
Chapters to be closed down rather than calling off, when the two 
degrees of M.M.M. and M.E.M. are being conferred. 

This, Most Excellent Sir and Companions can only be a progress 
report and it is our hope that the other two-thirds of our Chapters 
will reply to our letter with further recommendations. In the meantime 
careful study will be given to the proposals by your Advisory Com- 


mittee for appropriate action prior to our next Convocation of Grand 
Chapter in 1969. 

We would, however, be remiss if we did not express our apprecia- 
tion to the Chapters that have replied and to indicate that it is quite 
evident that the study has brought forth considerable discussion at 
Chapter level and stimulated them to greater efforts to work harder 
to interest their present membership in attendance and to seek addi- 
tional new members. 

In conclusion Most Excellent Sir, your Committee would like to 
express our appreciation for this opportunity to serve this Grand Chap- 
ter and look forward to your new Committee being able to bring for- 
ward appropriate action to enable some of the recommendations to be 
put into use. 

All of which is respectively and fraternally submitted. 
R. Ex. Comp. G. E. TURNER, 
R. Ex. Comp. G H SHANNON, 
M. Ex. Comp. J. E. GIRVEN, Chairman. 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by M Ex. Comp. 
Girven, and — 

Resolved — That this special report be received and adopted. 


In assuming the Chairmanship of the important Committee on 
Public Relations, it was my conception that we needed to obtain much 
more in the way of press coverage throughout the Jurisdiction, so that 
the community as a whole, and our Masonic brethren in particular, 
would get the impression that Royal Arch Masons in Ontario con- 
stituted a living vital organism. A good public image should create 
more interest in the Order in general, and thereby open avenues for an 
extension of our influence, in a time when the Masonic influence is 
needed more than at any time in our history. 

Some organizations, said to have similar aims, seem at times to 
have become confused, and lost their way. The 'God is dead' movement, 
emanating from certain sections of the clergy, calls for a loud and 
convincing rebuttal. To a Mason, the Great Architect of the Universe 
is very much alive. Hence, the community must be first conscious of 
our existence, if we are to make them conscious of our message. This 
aim justifies a public relations effort throughout our Jurisdiction. In 
the process, we ought to attract Masons who have not completed their 
journey, including those who have lost interest, and therefore stimulate 
our membership drives. 

We have sought to accomplish these aims by informing the Press, 
and other media, of the agenda of our Grand Z., and of events of in- 
terest of a local nature, such as Hamilton District reception to the 
Grand Z., where our ladies added so much to the event. I am displaying 
some examples of our success. 

A new venture was the launching of our Information Bulletin, 
The Keystone, the first issue of which was distributed throughout the 
Jurisdiction a few months ago. We are grateful to all who forwarded 
news items for inclusion. We had intended a second edition by now, 
but were restricted by what Ottawa euphemistically calls "budget 
pressures". Material to hand, and more to come, will be in the next 
edition, early June. 

We have also been receiving various samples of the regular sum- 
mons. These tend to have a generally stodgy appearance, and many 
could do with revision. Some good examples we have seen are those 
of London Chapter No. 150, and Hiram Chapter No. 2, Hamilton. All 
Chapters might consider changes to make these more striking in 


appearance, and more readable. The aim surely is to stimulate interest 
in pursuance of the larger aim, promotion of the health and vigour 
of Capitular Masonry in this Jurisdiction. 

My report is respectfully submitted. 

W. S. THOMSON, Chairman 
Committee on Public Relations. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Brown, 
and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Public Relations Committee be 
received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications 
for Relief submitted by the various Chapters and we recommend that 
Grants be authorized, from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, 
to the following, for the present Grand Chapter year: 
Chapter Grant in Favour of Amount 

5 Widow of M. Ex. Comp. E. S $200.00 

8 Widow of Companion J. L 200.00 

16 Companion J. D. B 200.00 

32 Ex. Comp. H. R. B 200.00 

53 Daughter of Comp. J. S 200.00 

102 Companion M. S. D 30O.00 

151 Companion H. C 200.00 

151 Companion R. W. C 200.00 

151 Companion R. C. W 200.00 

175 Companion H. D. H. 200.00 

217 Widow of Comp. H. W 200.00 

246 Companion B. F 200.0i0 

We further recommend that an amount of $800.00 be provided for 
Interim Relief, if it be needed' before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

We further recommend that the Executive Committee authorize the 
investment of $2,000.00 of Cash and the reinvestment of $40,50'0.0O of 
Securities coming due before February 28, 1969. 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

B. H. SMITH. P.G.Z.. 
F. W. D. WELHAM, G.J. 
F. W. DEAN, P.G.Z, Chairman. 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
R. J. Hamilton, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be 
received and adopted. 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and' — 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp B. H. Smith— retires 1969. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham— retires 1970 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean— retires 1971. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Onltario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Once more it is my privilege to submit a report on behalf of this 
important Grand Chapter Committee. 

It has been written that experience is a great teacher and conse- 
quently your Committee repeats, with great emphasis, its previous 
earnest conviction that not only is there a great need for this Grand 
Chapter project to assist children of Royal Arch Masons in the field of 
higher education, but that its value and worthwhileness have been proven 
beyond any question of doubt. 

From information received from universities and those students 
who have received awards of bursaries, your Committee is proud to 
report that Grand Chapter has undoubtedly enhanced its public stature 
and prestige as a result of its program in the field of higher education. 

However, your Committee must report that, in its opinion, the edu- 
cational project has not received the practical and financial support 
it deserves from all the companions of the constituent chapters, and is 
unable to understand the obvious apathetic attitude shown by so many 
chapters. It is true that your Committee has received some reasons for 
this — two main ones being that Chapters have not sufficient funds to 
enable them to make a donation and that there has been a lack of 

Your Committee has, on more than one occasion, advised chapters 
by circular letters and other media that, while it is most grateful for 
donations from Chapter funds yet the primary purpose of the Grand 
Chapter educational program was to demonstrate to all companions 
that Grand Chapter had embarked on a program that was of vital in- 
terest in a broad field of Masonic endeavor, and hopefully rekindle 
interest for Royal Arch Masonry in this jurisdiction, thus accepting 
an individual responsibility to support a Grand Chapter project which 
has already proven itself, but can be of such tremendous value to 
children of Royal Arch Masons, who otherwise would be denied higher 
education but for a bursary granted by Grand Chapter. 

Surely, therefore, companions, you will understand the concern 
of your Committee that it has denied too many deserving applications 
only because so many companions have failed to lend their financial 
support. Your Committee in its most recent circular strongly empha- 
sized that even an average donation of fifty cents from all companions 
within our jurisdiction would enable your Committee to grant all the 
applications it has and expects to receive. Your Committee is respect- 
fully of opinion that no companion would deny such a request if pro- 
perly approached and advised of the achievements of the past and its 
expectations for the future need, particularly in the field of bursaries, 
which, of course, are only given where need exists. 

Your Committee has been advised that in some areas a -feeling 
exists that Grand Chapter bursaries are given where other financial 
benefits or assistance have been or can be obtained. Your Committee 
reports strongly that this is an entirely erroneous impression. All ap- 
plications are channeled to your Committee from constituent chapters, 
signed by the First Principal and the Scribe E. and the seal of the 
Chapter affixed thereon and if this question, namely: "Will it be im- 
possible for you to attend University without assistance from this or 
a similar Committee?" is answered in the negative the application is 
automatically declined. 

The field of publicity is an important one and your Committee is 


strongly of opinion that this can be best served at chapter level, par- 
ticularly through chapiter circulars or summonses and, most important, 
by a strong- active chapter committee. Your Committee believes that it 
cannot be denied that it has, from time to time, acquainted chapiters by 
circular letters and other channels of its programs and policies and 
exhorted First Principals to give companions information by reading 
excerpts of its reports found in Grand Chapter Proceedings. Some 
chapiters have obviously taken the desired action and these have been 
mainly responsible for the donations which have been received. How- 
ever, your Committee is most gravely concerned to observe from Chap- 
ter summonses that a great majority of chapters have no Scholarship 
and Bursary Committee and rarely, if at any time, make reference to 
this Grand Chapter project. 

Likewise, your Committee has been asked why the Grand Chapter 
Public Relations Committee apparently failed to publicize the Scholar- 
ship and Bursary Program, particularly through the medium of the 
first issue of the' "Keystone" or Grand Chapter Bulletin. Your Commit- 
tee on Scholarships and Bursaries was not requested to> make any form 
of contribution and, indeed, its Chairman was unaware that such a 
bulletin was to be issued until a copy reached him through the mail 
and I have no knowledge who sent it. However, I have been informed 
that pressure of time precluded the contact of all Chairmen of all 
Grand Chapter Committees, notwithstanding thalt a telephone call would 
have sufficed; moreover, the Grand Z. has requested that an article be 
made available for the next issue. 

However, your Committee would direct attention of all companions 
to the article prepared by the Chairman of your Committee and appear- 
ing in the March - April edition of "The Freemason". This was pre- 
pared at the request of Comp. M. F. Beach, Managing Editor and Pub- 
lisher, and your Committee, and, indeed, Grand Chapter generally, 
expresses to Comp. Beach its deep sense of gratitude and appreciation 
for this most excellent publicity. 

Your Committee has received many inquiries regarding Income Tax 
Deduction for donations made to the Fund. It is able to report that it 
believes all the requirements of the Department of National Revenue 
were met and submitted for its consideration some months ago, but at 
the time of writing this report no decision from the Department has 
been received. However, when the decision is available all chapters will 
be advised accordingly. If our request is granted your Committee will 
decide upon the procedure to be used in giving an official receipt for 
Income Tax purposes where the donor requests that one be issued. All 
chapters will, of course, be advised of this. 

Application forms for bursaries have already been sent to all 
chapters, together with a circular letter advising that a deadline, name- 
ly August 31st next, has been set and any applications received after 
that date will not be considered. 

It should be mentioned that there is not a limit on the number of 
applications any chapter may submit providing, of course, it is satisfied 
that there is financial need. Any chapter requiring further application 
forms may obtain them on request to the Grand Scribe E. 

Your Committee is pleased and most proud to report that on Sep- 
tember 1st last it awarded seven $500 and one $300' bursaries. However, 
it regretted that it had to deny five applications because of the limited 
funds at its disposal. The successful applicants were sponsored by the 
following chapters: 

Aylmer Chapter No. 81 (2 awards) Scarborough Chapter No. 263 
St. Francis Chapter No. 133 Palestine Chapter No. 249 

Atwood Chapter No. 149 Granite Chapter No. 61 

Keystone Chanter No. 35 


The donations received for the Fund over the period covering that 
immediately following the Grand Chapter Convocation of last year 
until the time of writing this report are as follows: 

St. Francis No. 133 4.85 

St. Andrew & 

St. John No. 4 6.00 F 

Beaver No. 225 60.00 

Wawanosh No. 15 13.85 F 

Pentalpha No. 28 39.85 

Palestine No. 249 9.85 

Carleton No. 16 103.00 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 F 

Tyrian No. 258 39.85 

Lebanon No. 84 9.85 F 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 F 

Aurora No. 235 35.85 

Madoc No. 161 4.85 

Orient No. 79 17.00 

W. Irvine Weist, P.G.H.P, 

Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 53.82 

Donald Fleming 100.00 

S't. Andrew & 

St. John No. 4 9.00 

The Hiram No. 2 7.00 

St. Marks No. 26 49.85 

Nilestone No. 247 74.85 

Manitou No. 27 25.00 

Prince Edward No. 218 10.00 

Blenheim No. 237 25.00 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 F 

Wawanosh No. 15 7.00 F 

Couchiching No. 198 20.00 

Kevstone No. 72 10.00 F 

Prince Edward No. 31 .... 5.00 F 

St. Johns No. 6 10.00 F 

Willson No. 64 37.50 

Enterprise No. 67 24.85 

St. Francis No. 133 5.00 

Atwood No. 149 75.00 

Madoc No. 161 4.85 

Waterloo No. 32 7.35 

Corinthian No. 36 200.00 

Couchiching No. 198 10.00 

Kitchener No. 210 19.85 

Golden No. 254 58.00 

King David No. 262 30.10 

St. Marks No. 26 10.00 

Waterloo No. 32 7.35 

Kitchener No. 117 29.85 

Ezra No. 23 10.00 F 

Prince Edward No. 31 5.00 

Oakwood No. 233 8.00 F 

Keystone No. 35 10.00 F 

Kitchener No. 117 9.85 F 

Vinry No. 214 9.85 F 

Minnewawa No. 78 4.85 

King Solomon No. 8 25.00 

King Solomon No. 8 27.00 

St. Andrew No. 238 7.85 

Shuniah No. 82 13.00 

Shuniah No. 82 9.85 F 

Lebanon No. 84 9.85 F 

Keystone No. 72 10.00 F 

The Malloch No. 66 5.00 F 

Aylmer No. 81 49.85 

Victoria No. 37 50.00 

St. Andrew No. 238 15.85 

Minnewawa No. 78 4.85 

St. Marks No. 26 9.85 F 

Keystone No. 35 35.00 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 

Prince Edward No. 31 .... 4.85 

McKay No. 243 20.00 

Comp. Dr. J. J. Debber 

of Woodstock 43.00 

Pentalpha No. 28 24.85 

Wellington District Prin- 
cipals' Association 50.00 

Quinte Friendship No. 227 80.00 

St. Marks No. 26 9.85 F 

Northern Lights No. 213 117.85 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 F 

Wawanosh No. 15 50.00 

Couchiching No. 198 10.00 F 

Beaver No. 225 20.00 F 

Maple No. 116 29.41 

Halton No. 234 49.85 

Temiskaming No. 169 21.35 

Ezra No. 23 5.00 F 

Lebanon No. 220 25.00 

Mount Horeb No. 20 7.00 

Shuniah No. 82 25.00 

Keystone No. 35 15.00 

Alberton No. 152 120.85 

Covenant No. 113 99.85 

Peel No. 195 49.85 

Georgian No. 56 40.00 

Kitchener No. 117 9.85 F 

Kitchener No. 117 29.85 

Ionic No. 168 10.00 F 

Ex. Comp. J. Bacon 25.00 

Vimv No. 214 5.00 

St. Francis No. 133 10.00 

St. Albans No. 217 10.00 

King Darius No. 134 10.00 

The Hiram No. 2 ' 7.00 F 

Huron No. 30 85.00 

Couchichiner No. 198 10.00 

Keystone No. 224 10.00 

Blenheim No. 239 25.00 

Ottawa No. 222 48.39 

Oakwood No. 233 16.00 

St. Andrew No. 238 15.85 

St. Georges No. 5 111.00 

R.t. Ex. Comp. Howard 

Coleman, (Sarnia) 10.00 



University No. 241 50.00 

Oxford No. 18 4.85 

Beaver No. 74 145.85 

Tecumseh No. 24 10.00 

Scarborough No. 263 75.00 

Ezra No. 23 5.00 

Quetico No. 259 15.00 

Warkworth No. 110 50.00 

King- David No. 262 15.35 

White Oak No. 104 25.00 

Grimsby No. 69 80.85 

Hiawatha No. 252 49.85 

Bernard No. 146 60.35 

Moira No. 7 45.35 

Chantry No. 130 21.00 

Aylmer No. 81 41.85 

Mt. Moriah No. 19 50.00 

St. Andrew & 

St. John No. 4 34.00 

Ezra No. 23 5.00 F 

Carleton No. 16 99.85 

Madoc No. 161 24.85 

Oxford No. 18 4.85 

Orient No. 79 32.00 

Caledonia No. 236 10.00 

Nilestone No. 247 65.85 

The Hiram No. 2 7.00 F 

Couchiehing No. 198 10.00 F 

Sombra No. 153 42.35 

Peel No. 95 49.85 

Beaver No. 225 50.00 

Wawanosh No. 15 7.00 F 

Mtt. Sinai No. 212 208.00 

Your Committee notes with gratitude that many chapters have 
adopted the policy of sending donations to the Fund in lieu of flowers 
in respect to the memory of those companions who are called to the 
Grand Chapiter above. "In Memoriam" cards both at Chapter and Grand 
Chapter level are sent to the next of kin. "In Memoriam" cards may 
be obtained by chapters through the Grand Chapter office. 

Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean retires this year as a 
member of the Scholarship and Bursary Committee, having been a 
member since its inception. The remaining members and particularly 
the Chairman of the Committee desire to express their deep sense of 
gratitude to Most Excellent Companion Dean for the marked contri- 
bution he has made to your Committee's endeavors. His counsel, direc- 
tion and encouragement have been of great inspiration to the Com- 
mittee Members and most of all to the Chairman. His contribution to 
Masonry generally, and especially to Royal Arch Masonry is known 
nationally and internationally and our Grand Chapter has been the 
great beneficiary of his many years of service and we pray that he 
may continue with God's blessing for years to come to be of service 
to Masonry in general and this Grand Chapter in particular. 

I am recommending that he be replaced on the Committee by Ex- 
cellent Companion Aube Weisman, a Past Principal of Mount Sinai 
Chapter No. 212, who has given marked service in the field of Scholar- 
ships and Bursaries in many other areas and is, consequently, well 
fitted to serve as a member of your Scholarship and Bursary Commit- 

Finally, my companions, may I make two quotations: the first is 
taken from the April Summons of Quinte Friendship Chapiter and, I 
believe, must be credited to its Scribe E. Very Excellent Companion 
Mont. Barlow, who we know is a most enthusiastic supporter of the 
Scholarship and Bursary Fund. The quote is: 

"It is regrettable that some Royal Arch Mason's child is denied 
a higher education just because you forgot. 
"The dollar vou intended to give would have helped a Mason's 
child LEARN and LIVE." 

If any proof is needed of the need and worthwhileness of the 
Grand Chapter project of Scholarships and Bursaries, surely the fol- 
lowing letter should supply it without any question of doubt. This 
letter is from a young man who is now a student at the University of 
Waterloo. It is dated November 20th, 1967 and reads as follows: 
"Dear Mr. Searle: 

"Would you kindly convey to the members of the Bursary Com- 
mittee and through your committee to the Grand Chapter of the 


Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, my most 
sincere and grateful thanks for the bursary which I have received. 

"You may be interested in knowing that, in accordance with the 
policy of the University of Waterloo, I have received a cheque to the 
amount of $250.00 and will receive the balance of the $500.00 bursary 
at the end of January. 

"In the higher education of young people lies one of our country's 
greatest assets. The concrete interest you have shown in this field by 
the foundation and support of these bursaries is greatly appreciated by 
my parents as well as myself, and is indeed a most commendable en- 
deavour. I shall strive to prove myself worthy of your interest and 
consideration in my forthcoming academic year. 

"May you prosper in this most worthwhile phase of your work. 
Such an investment may reap dividends far beyond our means to com- 
prehend. " 

Your Committee suggests that this young man has not only thanked 
Grand Chapter but has thrown to us a great challenge, which all the 
companions of our jurisdiction can ill-afford not to accept to the full. 
Respectfully and fraternally submited. 





M. A. SEARLE, Chairman 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Searle, and — 

Resolved — That the report on Scholarship and Bursaries be received 
and adopted. 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. Harold Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the following M. Ex. Companions comprise the 
Committee on Scholarship and Bursaries for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp. John L, House — retires 1969. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett— retires 1970. 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle — retires 1971. 

Ex. Comp. J. R. Brown, M.D.— retires 1972. 

Ex. Comp. Aube Weiseman — retires 1973. 



To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Dear Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Distinguished Service Awards is most happy 
to make the following report. 

During the past year, your Committee received the following 
three applications for a Distinguished Service Award. 

Companion Frederick Robert Ayers, Pentalpha Chapter No. 28. 

Companion William Fairbrother, Grimsby Chapiter No. 69. 

Companion Frederick Roy Little, Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76. 

Your Committee reviewed the applications respectfully, and in 
every case, found that they complied with the Constitutional require- 
ments and as the resullt your Committee, were unanimous in their deci- 
sion, that the Companions in question, have the Distinguished Service 
Jewel awarded to them. 


Accordingly, our Grand Scribe E. was advised and we have been 
notified that the Companions in question have now received their jewels. 

Most Excellent Sir, may we take this opportunity of expressing 
our appreciation for the confidence you have shown in the members 
of this Commitee, by our appointment and, we are indebted to you Sir, 
for the privilege of serving Grand Chapter on this impotant Committee. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Committee on Distinguished Service Awards, 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. BRADSHAW, 
Most Ex. Comp. F. HAY, M.D., 
Most Ex. Comp. C. W. EMMETT, Chairman 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by M Ex. Comp. 
C. W. Emmett, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Awards for Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal be received and adopted. 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Awards for Distinguished Service Medals for their respective terms: 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett — retires in 1969. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D. — retire sin 1970. 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw — retires in 1971. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellenlt Sir and Companions: 

My opening remarks in this report must deal with the condition 
of Capitular Masonry as it appears to me, and as it must appear to 
all who have travelled extensively around this Grand Jurisdiction in 
support of Our Grand First Principal. Most Excellenlt Companion Stan- 
ley Portch is a truly dedicated Mason and his capable leadership and 
untiring efforts on behalf of this Grand Chapter should stand out as 
a shining example to us all. We heartily commend his desire to pub- 
lish a Grand Chapter Bulletin, the first issue of which is now in the 
hands of the members, and which will keep us informed of important 
happenings relating to Royal Arch Masonry, in and around this Grand 
Jurisdiction. Congratulations are certainly in order for the Public 
Relations Committee headed by Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Thomson. 

Most Excellent Companion Portch has been aided and supported 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, Grand Second Principal, Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Frederick W. D. Welham, Grand Third Principal and a small 
but dedicated band of Past Grand First Principals, whose contribution 
to Royal Arch Masonry over the years should serve as a source of in- 
spiration and guidance to its members. 

During our travels we have observed only the highest degree of 
capability and enthusiasm throughout the various Chapters, that 
augurs well for the continued success of our Royal Craft. Noteworthy 
among these events were: the second annual Royal Arch Ball in Lon- 
don; the reception of the Grand First Principal in Oakville by the 
Hamilton District No. 5; Internaional meetings at Sarnia and Port 
Huron; Grand Chapter nights in Mount Sinai, White Oak and Mimico 
Chapters; dedications in Dunnville, Chippawa, Lambeth and Etobicoke; 
the receiving of fifteen applications in one month by Golden Star Chap- 
ret, Dryden; by Beaver, Shekinah and Humber Chapters; the presenta- 
tion of four 50 year Royal Arch Mason Jewels in Mount Nebo Chapter 
by the Grand First Principal, and many others, mention of which time 
and space will not permit. 

However, a careful perusal of the very fine reports turned in by 
the Grand Superintendents, indicates that a number of our Chapters 


are suffering: from a lack of this capability and enthusiasm, that is so 
necessary to the growth and well-being- of any Chapter, and that a 
concentrated effort on the part of those who "have", is necessary to 
aid those who "have not". Our Grand Chapter is fully aware of this 
situation, and a Study Committee under the leadership of Most Excel- 
lent Companion James E. Girven is endeavouring* to solicit the help 
of constituent Chapters in reversing the decline of membership 
and in stimulating a renewed interest in Capitular Masonry. 
It is regretful that once again we must report a net loss, this time of 
425 members, and oddly enough the number of withdrawals was 442. 
The 801 additions overcame the 267 suspensions and 517 deaths by 17. 
From these figures two important facts emerge; first we must make 
a concerted effort to reduce the number of suspensions and resigna- 
tions; secondly, we must generate an enthusiastic desire to introduce 
Royal Arch Masonry to Master Masons, in the hope that they may 
become a contributing force to our Royal Craft. 

There is nothing that any of us can do that will reduce the num- 
ber of members who are called to the Grand Chapter above, but there 
is something that can be done to lessen the number of demits and sus- 
pensions. This committee recommends personal visitation by a care- 
fully selected group of experienced and diplomatic companions to all 
those who request demits or fall behind in the payment of dues. 

Other items that require our attention include: the attendance of 
companions at the regular convocations; the general welfare of com- 
panions at all other times; the activation of the committees in charge 
of instruction and Masonic education at Chapter level, and an increase 
in the number of interchapter and interlodge visitations. We are par- 
ticularly pleased with the visitations that are presently being carried 
on and feel that they are contributing greatly to the pleasure and 
enjoyment of our meetings and to the success of our Royal Craft. 

A rather disturbing factor that we noted is that a numiber of our 
Chapters are still operating on yearly dues as low as $5.00, and $6.00, 
an amount which is completely out of line with present day prices. We 
recommend that each Chapter consider the appointment of a committee 
whose duty it would be to study the financial structure of the Chapter 
and submit recommendations which would ultimately bring about a 
brighter financial picture. We also recommend the establishment of a 
Life-membership fund for those Chapters who do not presently have one, 
consistent, with the constitution of Grand Chapter. 

In other areas the building of new Masonic Temples, beautiful, 
desirable but expensive monuments to Masonry, will likely add an addi- 
tional burden of expense to the Lodges and Chapters concerned, forc- 
ing them to renew their thinking and perhaps even to consider seek- 
ing new quarters within their means. 

While moslt of the items mentioned in this report are covered more 
fully in other reports to this Grand Chapter, we feel that this com- 
mittee should recognize the work being done by the Welfare Commit- 
tees of the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A and Mount Sinai Chapter No. 
212; the Scholarship and Bursary Fund Committee which has been 
making steady progress under Most Excellent Comp. Maurice A. Searle; 
and the Grand Chapter Instruction Committee whose services, although 
freely offered, have not been as widely requested as we had hoped. 

The number and calibre of Divine services held throughout the 
jurisdiction is certainly commendable, giving us the opportunity not 
only to worship together, but to demonstrate to the world the happy 
and beneficial effect of our time honoured institution. 

We have noted with satisfaction the number of dedications of new 
temples, indicating a healthy condition which we hope will continue 
for some time. 


We agree with the appointment of the committee whose members 
are charged with the responsiiblity of updating the Constitution, as 
we feel that this is an area that needs some improvement. We also 
approve of the appointment of the Public Relations committee and we 
endorse their efforts in this field. 

We would be remiss if we did not recognize the contribution made 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton, Grand Scribe E. His friendly and 
willing assistance given wherever and whenever requested, has en- 
deared him to all, and is truly appreciated. 

My Companions, while in the overall picture Royal Arch Masonry 
appears to be in generally good condition, there are a few areas of 
concern. We, who are the leaders of this great fraternity, must con- 
tinually endeavour to up-date our thinking. We must be prepared to 
give to the members what it is that they would like (to receive; we 
must say to them just what they would like to hear; we must encour- 
age them to do just what they would like to do; all, of course, within 
the bounds of civic, moral and Masonic guide lines. We must always 
be on our guard against encroachment from without and from within. 

Through continued exposure to Masonry in its many branches 
it becomes more apparent and more important that those who are in 
a position of authority should continue to exhibit that exemplary con- 
duct and the wisdom of King Solomon which will stand as a friendly 
beacon on the rocky shores of destruction, guiding its charges over 
the rough seas of passion and difficulty into that safe and peaceful 
harbour where we hope to enjoy endless bliss and everlasting life. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted by the com- 

Rt. Ex. Comp. W. G. TREBLE, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. M. A. MacDONALD, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. E. F. R. OSBORNE, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. M. F. HElMIMENS, 

Rt. Ex. Comp. FRED SCOTT, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Scott, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Welham, 
and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Conditions 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

The Committee of Finance submits the following report for the year 
ending February 29, 1968. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and the Grand 
Scribe E., for the year ending February 28, 1968 have been received by 
this Committee are now being submitted to Grand Chapter for con- 

We find these reports fully and accurately set details and trans- 
actions, of the financial position of this Grand Chapter for the fiscal 
year. All items of receipts and disbursements in respect of the General 
Fund, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Life Member- 
ship Fund, the Chapter's Life Membership Fund and the Scholarship 
and Bursaries Fund are properly detailed and these reports contain 
complete schedules of the securities in which these funds are now 

Exhibit "A" is a balance sheet showing all the assets and liabilities 
of Grand Chapter. It includes the funds which are entrusted to and 
over which Grand Chapter has control. 


Our securities have been examined by the Auditor. They are held 
in a place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter. The present par 
value of all securities is $161,300.00. The Committee on Investments 
will present a detailed report on our securities. 

The amount owing by the Constituent Chapters is $1,734.51, your 
Committee feels that this is much too high and represents an increase 
of $639.10 over last year. The five year average of the amount due 
Grand Chapter by the Constituent Chapters is $1,378.31, this is a size- 
able amount and your Committee urges the Chapters to make their 
payments to Grand Chapter asi called for in the Constitution. 

The amount owing Grand Chapter from the Life Membership Fund, 
the Chapter's Life Membership Fund and the Scholarship and Bursaries 
Fund totals $954.43, your Committee recommends that as soon as funds 
are available in these several accounts that transfers be made to the 
General Account to cover this amount. 

Last year we budgeted for a surplus of $715.00 and due to an in- 
crease of the per capita tax we show a surplus of $2,481.43. 

In preparing our budget for the year 1968-1969 we still find our- 
selves in a period of rising costs, this has resulted in an increase in 
some areas in our proposed budget for 1968-1969 in which we antici- 
pate a surplus of $529.00. 

Your Committee recommends the Grand Scribe E. and his assistant 
for the efficient manner in which the duties of their office are being 
carried out. 

Your Committee wishes to express to the Grand Z., their apprecia- 
tion for his guidance during the year. To the Grand Treasurer and 
the Grand Scribe E., their thanks for help also given. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted on behalf 
of the Committee. 

F. C. Acker t, Chairman. 


Registration Fees $ 2,000.00 

Dues Per Capita 23,400.00 

Life Membership Dues 1,600.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 150.00 

Sale of Supplies 2.000.C0 

Interest on Investments 2,400.00 

Total Income $31,550.00 


Grand Chapter Office 

Grand Scribe E. Compensation $6,100.00 

Grand Scribe E. Annuity 500.00 

Office Assistants 4,420.00 * 

Miscellaneous, Telephone, Postage, Supplies ... 1,200.00 

Rent 2,688.00 

Canada Pension Fund 150.00 


Foreign Correspondence Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 600.00 


Proceedings $2,400.00 

General 1,100.00 




Grand Z $2,000.00 

General 200.00 



Grand Convocation $3,700.00 

Executive Committee 2,100.00 


Jewels and Engraving $1,100.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Liability Insurance 963.00 

Education and Instruction 300.00 

Regalia Repairs 75.00 

Supplies for Resale 1,000.00 


Total Expenditures $31,021.00 


FEBRUARY 29, 1968 


1967-68 1967-68 1968-69 

Budget Actual Estimate 

Registration Fees : $ 2,000.00 $ 1,973.50 $ 2,000.00 

Dues 23,530.00 23,886.95 23,400.00 

Life Membership Dues 1,500.00 1,629.05 1,600.00 

Dispensation and Warrants 175.00 134.00 150.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,000.00 2,044.80 2,000.00 

Interest on Investments 2,400,00 2,383.80 2,400.00 

Total Income $31,605.00 $32,052.10 $31,550.00 

Surplus for Period $ 715.00 $ 2,481.43 $ 529.00 


Grand Chapter Office 

Grand Scribe E. Compensation $ 5,850.00 $ 5,850.00 $ 6,100.00 

Grand Scribe E. Annuity 500.00 500.00 500.00 

Office Assistants 4,160.00 4,011.41 4,420.00 

Misc., Telephone, Postage, Supplies 1,250.00 1,013.07 1,200.00 

Rent 2,688.00 2,688.00 2,688.00 

Canada Pension Fund 155.00 130.79 150.00 

$14,603.00 $14,193.27 $15,058.00 
Foreign Correspondence Reviewer $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 
Audit Fee $ 600.00 $ 600.00 $ 600.00 


Proceedings ...'. $ 2,000.00 $ 2,219.41 $ 2,400.00 

General 600.00 414.51 1,100.00 

$ 2,600.00 $ 2,633.92 $ 3,500.00 

Grand Z. $ 2,000.00 $ 2,000.00 $ 2,000.00 

General 225.00 39.65 200.00 

$ 2,225.00 $ 2,039.65 $ 2,200.00 



Grand Convocation $ 3,500.00 $ 3,543.79 $ 3,700.00 

Executive Committee 2,100.00 2,008.06 2,100.00 

Special Committee (Trial) 300.00 450.10 

$ 5,900.00 $ 6,001.95 $ 5,800.00 

Jewels and Engraving $ 800.00 $ 360.95 $ 1,100.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 125.00 

Liability Insurance 982.00 963.62 963.00 

Education and Instruction 200.00 519.43 300.00 

Supplies for Resale 1,650.00 1,226.76 1,000.00 

Regalia— Grand Z 225.00 206.12 

Regalia Repairs 80.00 75.00 

Grand Z. Testimonial 350.00 350.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Assn. . 50.00 

Office Expenses 250.00 

$ 4,662.00 $ 3,801.88 $ 3,563.00 

Total Expenditures $30,890.00 $29,570.67 $31,021.00 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Ackert, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Finance be received 
and adopted. 

1967 - 1968 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

During the past year many of the members and Companions of this 
Grand Chapter and those of sister Grand Chapters have passed on, into 
that Great Beyond, to which at some future time we must all go. 

Many of our Companions have lived a long and rewarding life, 
even unto the sere and yellow leaf of old age, whilst others have passed 
on in the prime of life. 

We honour these Companions knowing their lives have been of ser- 
vice, that they have contributed much to the common good in time, effort, 
and substance, in the localities in which they lived, in the broader areas 
of Provincial and National fields, making outstanding contributions in 
the regions of Education, Religion, the Arts and Sciences, and many 
other fields of human endeavors, and so freely have they given of their 
talents that they have been recognized and honoured not only in our own 
country, but in other nations throughout the world. 

Their lives have been an example to us of that great Truism "We 
must work while it is yet day", and as we read their names on the list 
appended to this report and which will appear in the proceedings, we 
will see the names of some, who were personal friends as well as Com- 
panions, whose pleasant smile and cheerful greeting were matched by 
their ready acquiescence when called upon for assistance. 

The living example of their works could be epitomized in this poem: 

I want to think when life is done 

That I have filled a needful post; 

That here or there I've paid my fare 

With more than idle talk and boast. 

That I have taken gifts divine, 

The breadth of life and manhood fine, 


And that I have used them now and then 
In the service of my fellow men. 
I hate to think when life is through 
That I have lived my round of years 
A useless kind that leaves behind 
No record in this vale of tears; 
That I had wasted all my days 
By living only in selfish ways. 
And that this world would be the same 
If it had never heard my name. 
I want to think when life is through 
That here or there, there shall remain 
Some happier spot which might have not 
Existed had I toiled for gain; 
That someone's cheery voice and smile 
Would prove that I had been worthwhile, 
And that I'd paid with something fine 
My debt to God for life divine. 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted on behalf of the committee, 


J. MacKAY 

REV. J. C. BRITTON, Vice-Chairman) 

W. H. CHEETHAM (Chairman) 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. MacKay, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 

Of the 517 of our Companions who answered the call to higher 
Service the following 51 held Grand Chapter rank: 

2 V. Ex. Comp. William J. Woods; R. Ex. Comp. Peter MacDougall. 

3 V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Richard Sampson. 

5 V. Ex. Comp. William Alex Hunter; V. Ex. Comp. Reginald Knap- 


6 R. Ex. Comp. William Gordon Smitton. 
16 R. Ex. Comp. Cyril R. Flatters. 

19 V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Omer. 
22 R. Ex. Comp. Ivan Lane. 
27 R. Ex. Comp. John McFadyen 
29 V. Ex. Comp. James Loggie. 
44 V. Ex. Comp. A. E. Holmes. 
53 V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hackett. 

65 M. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Melville S. Gooderham. 

66 R. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Keating; V. Ex. Comp. John Bach. 

72 R. Ex. Comp. George Drewry Watson. 

73 V Ex. Comp. Thomas E. Armstrong. 

74 V. Ex. Comp. William Campbell. 
77 V. Ex. Comp. William Shearer. 
80 V. Ex. Comp. G. Ivan Smyth. 

83 V. Ex. Comp. Adam L. Hartmier. 

95 R. Ex. Comp. Charles Orville Maddock. 

102 R. Ex. Comp. Leslie Earl Edmonds. 

103 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Henry Smith; V. Ex. Comp. Charles Edward 

Wienke, M.D. 
116 V. Ex. Comp. Charles Gardiner Dowdall. 
130 R. Ex. Comp. Floyd Wrightson. 
133 V. Ex. Comp. Jas. Farmer Grant. 
145 V. Ex. Comp. Percy W. Rogers. 
148 R. Ex. Comp. Archibald D. McRae. 
167 R. Ex. Comp. John Ross Parrott, M.D. 


195 V. 


Comp. Edward Hay 

213 R. 


Comp. James Goodman. 

215 R. 


Comp. James L. Maude. 

217 R. 


Comp. John J. Mehaffey; R. Ex. Comp. George W. McRae. 

220 V. 


Comp. Robert Norman Carr. 

223 R. 


Comp. William John Grummett. 

224 R. 


Comp. John Drysdale; V. Ex. Comp. William H. Pace. 

225 V. 


Comp. James Alcorn. 

234 R. 


Comp. Lewis Tracey. 

236 R. 


Comp. Thomas J. Hicks. 

238 R. 


Comp. Benjamin Samuel Scott. 

241 V. 


Comp. Percy William Rogers. 

246 V. 


Comp. Andrew F. Nisbet; V. Ex. Comp. William John Hales 

250 R. 


Comp. John W. Dickens. 

252 V. 


Comp. Frank Phee MacFarlane. 

255 R. 


Comp. Charles H. Swatridge. 

258 R. 


Comp. John J. Mehaffey. 

To our sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, The British 
Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, we extend 
sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions: 


M. Ex. Comp. Robert C. Croes, G.H.P.— 1949-1950 

M. Ex. Comp. William Claude Gray, G.HP— 1948-1949 

M Ex. Comp. Harry Webb Bundy, G.H.P.— 1923 

M. Ex. Comp. Paul Holloway Ponder, G.H.P.— 1938-1939 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Rufus Edwin Stetson, M.D., P.G.K.— 1946-1947 

Rt. Ex. Comp. John Orton Stebbing, Grand Treasurer— 1965-1967 

M. Ex. Comp. John George (Jack) White, G.F.P.— 1965 

M. Ex. Comp. Richard W. Worthington, G.H.P.— 1940 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles William Zimmerman, G.H.P.— 1926. 


M. Ex. Comp. Henry Warner Irwin, G.H.P.— 1953-1954 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank Crockett Lewis, G.H.P.— 1951-1952 

M. Ex. Comp. George B. Russell, G.H.P.— 1942-1943 


M. Ex. Comp. Robert D. Howard, G.H.P.— 1953 


M. Ex. Comp. Clifford E. Miller, K.Y.C.H., G.H.P.— 1955 

M. Ex. Comp. Ralph J. Fogle, G.H.P.— 1963-1964 

M. Ex. Comp. Very Rev. Norman W. Kennedy, M.C., M.A., Gr. First 
Principal 1955-1956 

Dr. Halley Gtaes, Ex. Grand Chaplain— 1967 


M. Ex. Comp. Ole Spillum, G.H.P.— 1945-1946 



M. Em. Comp. George Cameron Kingscott, First Gr. Principal — 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Scott Webb, G.H.P.— 1954 


M. Ex. Comp. Duke T. Fife, G.H.P.— 1958-1959 

M. Ex. Comp. William Woodruff Roberts, G.H.P.— 1964-1965 

DEATHS — 1967 


1 Gustave Cavin, J. B. Culceth, Leonard James Foster, Harry William 
Stratford, Edward James Hartrick, William John Blaney. 

2 John Mandell, Robert Buchanan, Harold Hahnau, Albert Beare, D. 
M. Campbell, V. Ex. Comp. William J. Woods, R. Ex. Comp. Peter 

3 Frederick Aldous, Stanley Walter Moore, James Corhkellg Bere, 
Fred. J. Layman, Robinson T. Orr, V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Richard 

4 Charles W. Robinson, Peter B. Baldwin, Arch S. Walker, William A. 
Gratton, Charles W. Martin. 

5 Arthur Edward Ings, William Alex Hunter, William R. Bevis, V. Ex. 
Comp. Reginald Knapman, Victor A. Tackaberry, William G. Hyatt, 
William A. Hunter, Charles Edwarrd Warcup, A. G. Alexander, 
August J. Joedicke, P. R. Laugford, J. W. Wood, John Sinclaire, V. 
Ex. Comp. Reginald Knapman. 

6 Franklin Herbert Hunt, Charles Tribe, R. Ex. Comp. William Gordon 

7 Leo Arthur Young, John William Thompson, Edward Fraser, Wil- 
liam Bean. 

8 A. Rosenthal, William F. Tetley, Robert James Coley, William T. 
Hamilton, Arthur A. Francis, Robert Bailey, Robert J. Dixon, Thos. 
Andrew G. Henry, George A. H. Barnes, Leopold E. Charles, Archi- 
bald J. Stringer. 

15 Robert A. McGeachey, Cecil Charles Clarke, Alvin Teskey. 

16 Hyman Hershorn, Mtahews Charles Caldwell, Herbert P. Goodf el- 
low, St. Elmo Kent, Willis Fred Kuhns, Noel J. Ogilvie, Fred 
Norman Brown, William Bennet Rew, Thomas B. Macauly, Joseph 
C. Thorns, R. Ex. Comp. Cyril R. Flatters. 

18 Gordon Mclnnis. 

19 Wm. James Wood, Stanley A. Stevens, Adelbert Robt. Clark, Charles 
Gray, Arthur John Whitelock, V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Omer. 

20 Harry O'Dell, Charles Alexander Fritch, John William Parsons, 
William Thomas Bremner. 

22 William A. Van Camp, Percy Ray Barnard, R. Ex. Comp. Ivan 
Lane, Edward McNally, Clarence Martin. 

23 Thomas J. Hicks, Clyde W. Baker, J. A. Robertson, Clifford Ronald 
McCrea, G. E. Alexander. 

24 John William Robert Smith, Chester Hill, Stanley Morrison Gray, 
Frederick John Stoll, Fletcher John Pearen. 

26 Ray Percy Robertson, Ernest Smith Hendricks, John Henry Jones, 
Harry Garfield Rush, William Wentworth Miller. 

27 James Francis Hand, Archibald Thompson, Gordon John Prentice, 
R. Ex. Comp. John McFadyen. 

28 Allan Charles Pritchard, Charles Leonard Pullan, John Henry Dyas, 
Walter Robert Chapman, Frank Eugene Baker. 

29 Stanley Lyons, V. Ex. Comp. James Loggie. 

30 Robert Cockburn Hays, Joseph Neil MacDonald. 


31 Harvey Graham, Frederick Leon Ward, Ernest Wesley Henderson, 
Wilfred E. Scott, Frank William Kensley, Sydney James Gilmore, 
Earl Thompson, Gordon Turnbull Walmsley, Charles Arthur Wright. 

32 Alvin Elliot Bock, George Sinclair. 

34 Henry Louis Tarbush, Jr. 

35 Sydney James Spall, Donald Beaton MacLean. 

36 Frederick George Mann, William H. Gregory, Albert Heesom, Bruce 
Johnston, Herbert Maxwell Yelland, William Anderson, Wilfred 
Rankin, John Frederick Reed. 

37 Morgan Carry, Harry George Ballard. 

40 James Frederick Wright Potton. 

41 Lawson Harvey Eckhardt. 

44 W. J. Wiggins, V. Ex. Comp. A. E. Holmes. 

45 Nelson Usher. 

46 James Franklin Purdue, James McLaughlin. 

47 John McKaigue. 

48 Francis James Miskelly, Cecil W. Wilson. 

53 Joseph Hackett, John James Edwards, Carl Augustus Smith, V. 
Ex. Comp. Joseph Hackett. 

54 Ivan Milton Axford, William Saxon, Clarence Hague. 

56 Russel Ernest Campbell, William Brown, Frank Garbutt Bowes. 

57 W. Herbert Smith, H. E. Heighton, C. J. Carter, Josh Chittenden, 
Alfred S. Willett, E. R. English, Charles H. Rogers. 

59 John Edwin Power, Harry Hanson, Ernest Moulds, Gwynne John- 
ston, Charles Major Beattie, Edward Mackenzie, Gordon Murray 
Scott, Harold Carswell, Stirling McDougall, Theodore Gates. 

61 Milton B. Cochran, George T. Graham, W. Thomas McGill. 

62 George Fenwick, Charles F. W. Taylor. 

63 Donald McPherson, Howard R. Magwood. 

64 Robert C. Simpson, Charles L. Waters, Wilbert T. Taylor. 

65 Archie P. MacPhail, M. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Melville S. Gooderham. 

66 R. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Keating, V. Ex. Comp. John Bach. 

67 Otto Loos. 

68 William Eldon Davis. 

69 Orval Laurason Swarts. 

71 Jack White, George H. Paul, Richard Golden, Hubert Shuel. 

72 Earl Wayne Ormiston, John Morton Rainie, George Arthur Weese, 
R. Ex. Comp. G. D. Watson. 

73 Douglas F. Kearney, V. Ex. Comp. Thomas E. Armstrong. 

74 Arthur William Holt, Ernest Wright, Harvey Laughton, V. Ex. 
Comp. W. Campbell. 

75 Delmar Moffatt. 

76 Melvin Tisdale, Eric Manson. 

77 David Floyd Henderson, O. S. Mitchel, John Hutton, Norman Ben- 
nett, Fred Lewis, Kenneth N. B. McKenzie, V. Ex. Comp. William 

78 George Douglas Grieve, Robert J. Craig. 

79 Hugh Russell S. Robinson, John Joseph Gostelow, David Kernohan. 

80 Albert E. Cook, Clarence R. Padden, Gilbert T. McLintock; Wilson 
S. Evans, Kenneth C. MacKenzie, V. Ex. Comp. G. Ivan Smyth. 

81 Noble Ferguson, Wm. W. Wiley, Arba Johnson. 

82 Joseph L. Fournier, Harry Turner, Arthur Ettienne Durocher, 
Dominic Bianco, William Harold Oben. 

83 Ira Cufford McMullen, V. Ex. Comp. Adam L. Hartmier. 

84 Alex Reid, Walter VanWyck, John Stewart MacNaughton, Harry 
Y. Press. 

88 John Parking, Gus Wickens, Alex Hunter. 

90 Jesse Allan Penny, John Sadler, William Emlyn. 

91 Horatio Elmer Cavell, James William Bryson, Maurice Edward 
Bullard, William John Armstrong Jr. 


94 Cleveland H. Dayman, Walter Melville Poulson, Robert Marshall 

95 Jouett Wall McVey, Evan Thomas Jones, George Douglas Grieve, 
David Rodger Mitchell, James Robert Martin, James Conway Cur- 
rie, John William Dake, R. Ex. Comp. Charles Orvill Maddock. 

102 Charles Roy Eaid, Stephen Wesley Bryant, James Ernest Johnson, 
R. Ex. Comp. Leslie Earl Edmonds, William John McMeekin, Martin 
Hassel, Frank Sweet, Albert Frederick Hamilton. 

103 Thorn. Andrew Pasmore, Chas. David Devlin, George Simms, Henry 
Bailey, Ivan Ashton Thurlow, Isaac Benn Bowness, Ernest Edmund 
Parrington, V. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Smith, V. Ex. Comp. Chas. E. 
Wienke, M.D. 

110 Charles Plant 

113 Harry G. Williams, Percy Cooper, Herbert Wales Richmond, Frank 
Morris Merkley, Donald Stewart Mcintosh, Myer Katz. 

114 Jack Shergold. 

115 James Munro Calder. 

116 James Gigson Craig, V. Ex. Comp. Charles Gardiner Dowdall. 

117 Edwin Whyte Clement, Albert W. Voelker, Sydney J. W. Davies, 
Frederick Filsinger, Oliver Voelker, Edwin Downing, Herb Moss, 
Frederick C. Capling. 

119 Allan Sutherland Campbell, Reginald Howard Smith, George Samuel 

Dobbins, Cecil Hadley Robinson. 
130 R. Ex. Comp. Floyd Wrightson. 

132 Milton Hume Hay, John Mitchell, John Ross. 

133 Angus, A. Garrod, Russell Phillip Pardy, Norman Douglas, John 
Oakley Lemmex, Edward Aziz, John Forsyth MacKinnon, Lem Shaw 
Howe, V. Ex. Comp. Percy W. Rogers. 

134 Clarence MacKay. 

135 Frank J. Curl. 

138 James Frank McMullen, Wm. Bushnell, Duncan Forbes McKay, 
Walter Richard Hayter, Palmer Eugene Walker, Albert E. Tweedy, 
Henry Chas. Hill, Rupert V .Carleton. 

140 John Cooper, James Ellis Forester, George Murie, Thomas Henry 
Perrons, Cyrus Tate Williams, William John Joseph Harpur. 

144 Bruce MacKlin, William Price. 

145 Walter E. Roberts, Henry Oscar Johnston, William E. Maybee, 
George Horner, Albion St. George Brain, Fred C. W. Norris, Harold 

B. McConnell, V. Ex. Comp. Percy W. Rogers. 

147 John A. Thompson. 

148 Dougal R. Harvey, R. Ex. Comp. Archibald D. McRae. 

150 John Wallis, Irvin Burtch, John Hamilton, Benjamin Shapiro, Richard 
Tattersal, George Tucker. 

151 Howard Vernon Riley. 

152 George Walter Hughes, Julius Lawrence Eustace. 

153 Gordon P. Patterson. 

155 William Ferguson, Ernest McMullen. 
161 Albert Maynes, William Broad. 

163 Arnold Pickles, Arthur Maurice Fitzgerald, Joseph L. Price. 

164 Russel B. Love, John Alexander McDonald, William Zoller, Lloyd 

C. Butler, Angus McLean. 

167 Currie Bell, Joseph H. Corkill, George Nelson McKinley, R. Ex. 
Comp. John Ross Parrott, M.D. 

168 William Garden, George Wallace Rutherford, Andrew Dwight Ben- 
nett, Basil W. Reynolds, Clifford Cassan, Fred T. Rutherford, N. 
Alex Maccoll. 

169 Albert Terrill ,Robert R. Woods. 

175 Frederick G. Weavers, Hugh M. Mclntyre, Gerald F. Leeks, Fred- 
erick Tenor, Karl H. Rembe. 
195 Chas. Gillingham, Wilfred Parr, V. Ex. Comp. Edward Hay. 


198 J. Miller Donaldo, William Henry B. Heye, George Alex Anderson, 

Harry James Coote, George Page. 
210 Arthur O. Robertson, Carl G. Merkley. 

212 Nathan Mogil, Marsel Konforti, Solomon Kellerman, Isadore Cap- 
Ian, Alex Zalkin, Herbert Orliffe, William Victor Rash, Seymour 

213 William John Jones, Samuel T. Walker, R. Ex. Comp. James Good- 

214 Russell Thomas Barber, Leslie 0. Clark, Kenneth Cameron. 

215 Erroll T. Baycroft, William Taylor, E. J. Stoll, Archie D. Morris, 
R. Ex. Comp. James L. Maude. 

217 Harry Whittaker, Rupert E. Edwards, R. Ex. Comp. John J. Mehaffy, 
R. Ex. Comp. George W. McRae. 

219 John Maxwell, James Williams, Robert Rowland, Warring Mc- 
Lennan, Sylvester Taylor, John Kippax. 

220 Franklin A. C. Butler, Horace Archibald Harris, V. Ex. Comp. R. N. 

221 Alfred O'Dell. 

222 Reginald Lloyd Reaume, Allan John Cameron, Fred Bertram Goe- 
dike, Harry Reeves Munroe, Eardley Art. Young, William Hardy 
Hatton, Douglas Maxwell McQuitty, William Harold Merrill. 

223 Horace E. Smith, Robert Stuart Potter, Robert A. Harkness, R. Ex. 
Comp. William John Grummett. 

224 John Murray Anderson, Chester Humphreys, R. Ex. Comp. John 
Drysdale, V. Ex. Comp. William H. Pace. 

225 Arthur J. Hill, Charles L. Carter, V. Ex. Comp. James Alcorn. 

226 William James Barr, James Russel King. 

230 James Waldo MacDonald, Martin Coffeng. 

231 Albert B\ Withall, Oliver J. Wolfraim, Henry James Jeffers, Thomas 
Robinson, Archie Robertson, Maurice Bullard. 

233 William John Hanna, Onslow James Foreman. 

234 Robert Addy, George Arnold, William Hayward, R. Ex. Comp. Lewis 

235 Frank Roy Underhill, Charlie V. Peterson. 

236 Harrison Arrell, Charles Wesley McAdam, R. Ex. Comp. Thomas 
J. Hicks. 

238 Wilbur L. Lofft, Joseph Harold Castle, Alfred Gordon Sessions, 
William Eliphalet Charles Gustin, R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Samuel 

239 Arthur Newcombe, Clifford Riseborough, Glen Cameron Rutherford. 
241 Harry C. Baird, Arthur E. MacGregor, William L. Duncan Carnie, 

V. Ex. Comp. Percy William Rogers. 

246 David Reid, Alexander Easton Hunter, Stanley Harold Johnson, 
Nelson Clark, Charles Wm. Long, V. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Nisbet, 
V. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Hales. 

247 Robert J. Lawson, Eric Ross Carswell, Kenneth C. Burrows. 

248 Thomas Edward Ferguson. 

249 Frederick W. Dehew, Harry David Sutton. 

250 Leo G. Groombridge, Herbert L. Heard, G. Thomas MacLintock, 
William C. Dick, R. Ex. Comp. John W. Dickens. 

251 James Riddle, Robert McPherson, Max Kadlan, Hubert Newman, 
Stan Matthews, William Allan. 

252 Brock H. Wellington, Herbert Ellis, V. Ex. Comp. Frank Phee Mac- 

253 Charles Bridgewater, Cameron Thorburn. 

254 Albert Noble, Andrew Myers. 

255 Gerald Marshall, Alexander Slaght, R. Ex. Comp. Charles H. Swat- 

257 Eli Landry. 


258 R. Ex. Comp. John J. Mehaffey. 

260 William Charles Mason, Harold Treanor. 

261 Milton H. Limbert. 

263 Samuel Alexander, William Forbes, Gordon Hainer. 


Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4:10 p.m. to permit the 
delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the officers of 
Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9:30 a.m. 


At the One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, 
held in the Royal York Hotel, City of Toronto, Ontario, on April 23rd 
and 24th, 1968, the following officers and committees were elected and 
appointed: — 

M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. 

R.R. #2„ 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand H. I Grand 

30 Spetz St., Kitchener, Ontario [ Council 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham Grand J. 

60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto 15, Ontario 


R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. Clifford Britton Grand Chaplain 

Seaforth, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

514 Temple Bldg., 62 Richmond St. W., Toronto 1, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bradley Grand Scribe N. 

31 Lipston Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks Grand Principal Sojourner 

1749 Parkhurst Ave., London, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Archdekin Grand Registrar 

85 Mill Street N., Brampton, Ontario 


R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 961 Toro St., Sarnia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leo John Gent, Box 78, 21 Catharine St. E., Dorchester, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. K. Hogaboom, 36 Athol Ave., Toronto 18, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George E. Turner, M.D, 2281 Victoria Ave, Windsor, Ont. 


(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. George A. Lauzon, 

71 Maplewood Crescent, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

London, District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Ernest Fackrell, 

R.R. No. 8, St. Thomas, Ont. 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. Claude Wilfred Spicer, 

St. George, Ont. 
Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Donald Lloyd Attridge 

4 Alexander Avenue, Gait, Ont. 


Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. George Benjamin Cowman, 

80 Emerald Street South, Hamilton, Ont. 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Elmer Johnston, 

R.R. No. 1, Atwood, Ont. 

Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Frederick Deamude, 

R.R. No. 8, Dunnville, Ont. 

Toronto East No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. John Edmund Richardson, 

142 Boultbee Avenue, Toronto 6, Ont. 

Toronto West District No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. William Charles Arch, 

Box 250, Streetsville, Ont. 

Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Stanley Matthias, 

336-6 Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Kenneth Burns, 

1181 Clonsilla Avenue, Peterborough, Ont. 

Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Byers Hagerman, 

R.R. No. 1, Picton, Ont. 
St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Bancroft Dangerfield, 

R.R. No. 5, Kemptville, Ont. 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Cedric Cecil Dale, 

2336 Jefferson Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. John Milloy, 

211 - 4th Street North, Kenora, Ont. 
New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Finnie Killah, 

594 Spruce Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

Temiskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp, Robert G. Childs 

206 Legion Drive, South Porcupine, Ont. 


By Special Resolution of Grand Chapter the One Hundred and 
Eleventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario will be held at the Royal 
York Hotel, Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, on Monday, April 28th, 
1969, for the Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 29th, 
1969, Grand Chapter will commence at 10:00 a.m. and continue for the 
rest of the day; Wednesday, April 30th, 1969, Grand Chapter will be 
resumed at 9:30 a.m. Closing approximately at 1:00 p.m. 


Letters were received conveying greetings and expressing regrets 
for non-attendance from: — 

Most Excellent Companion Mark H. Hannah, Grand Z. 

Most Excellent Companion Robley C. Wilson, Grand High Priest 

Most Excellent Companion Charles E. Fisher, Grand Z. 

Most Excellent Companion John A. Fitzgerald, Grand High Priest 

Most Excellent Companion Cedric George Mitchell, Grand High Priest 

Companion Arthur Diamond, Most Excellent Grand High Priest 

Most Excellent Companion Ralph E. Barry, Grand High Priest 


Most Excellent Companion Victor O. Raddant, Grand High Priest 

Most Puissant C. H. Cunningham, Sovereign Grand Commander 




To the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence is privi- 
leged to present its report for the year 1967-68. 

One new set of Chapter By-laws was received, reviewed and re- 
commended for the approval of the Grand First Principal. 

Thirty-nine sets of amendments to Chapter By-laws were received, 
reviewed and recommended for the approval of the Grand First Principal. 

Thirty-nine sets of amendments to Chapter By-laws were received, 
reviewed and recommended for the approval of the Grand First Principal. 

During the three years that it has been my privilege to review the 
proposed amendments to the By-laws of our various Chapters, I have 
come to realize the difficulty being experienced by various Scribe E.'s, 
and even Grand Superintendents, in determining what is required to 
enable the Grand First Principal to approve amendments to Chapter 
By-laws. With the knowledge and permission of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, I prepared a letter of instructions on December 18, 1967, and for- 
warded a copy of same to the Scribe E of every Chapter in our Grand 
Jurisdiction, setting out the procedure to be followed when submitting 
amendments to Chapter By-laws for the approval of the Grand First 
Principal. This letter of instruction had attached to it, proposed forms 
that could be used by the Scribe E in submitting the proposed amend- 
ments to his Chapter By-laws, including a proposed Certificate to be 
signed by the Grand Superintendent. 

Amongst the various requests for our opinion, received during the 
year, we were asked whether a Companion appointed a "Very Excellent" 
could be relieved of this appointment at his own request. We advised 
that we were of the opinion that this Companion could be relieved by 
submitting his resignation to Grand Chapter, requesting that he be 
permitted to do so. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert recommended, under cover of his letter 
of July 25, 1967, as follows: "... I would like you to give consideration 
regarding the closing of a Chapter at a regular convocation, when either 
the Mark Master's or Most Excellent Master's Degrees are being con- 
ferred. I would like to see the Chapter closed — in full form, and then 
opened in either of the other degrees, and not go through the formality 
of calling off the Chapter, and then calling it back on again, to close 
for the evening. My thought is . . . that we could definitely save time, 
and further it would keep the Companions in the meeting until all the 
work is completed . . ." We recommended that R. Ex. Comp. F. C. 
Ackert's suggestion be considered and, if at all possible, be implemented 
by amending the Constitution. 

This, my Companions, is a summary of our services during the year, 
and our recommendations. 

All of which is respectfully submitted 

LEO J. GENT, Chairman, 
Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence. 

Moved by the Grand Second Principal, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Gent, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Constitution, Laws 
and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 




I hereby give Notice that I will move or cause to be moved at the 
next Annual Convocation, (1969), of Grand Chapter, that Articles 86, 
141, 192 and the Second (2nd) Paragraph on Page 90 of the Constitution 
be deleted, and the following Substituted therefor: — 

"(a) — The Financial Year of Grand Chapter closes on the 28th 
day of February in each year and that of the Constituent Chap- 
ters close on the 31st day of December in each year. 
"(b) — Each Chapter shall forward its Financial Returns, semi- 
annually, to the Grand Scribe E. on or before the 30th day of 
June and the 31st day of December in each year. 
"(c) — All Chapters MUST forward their Annual Returns to the 
Grand Scribe E. on or before the 10th day of February each 
year. Chapters failing to comply with the foregoing Regula- 
tions, shall, (excepting P.Z.'s), be deprived of the privilege of 
Voting at the next annual session of Grand Chapter, and the 
Grand Z. may, at his discretion, summon the Chapter to show 
cause why its Warrant should not be suspended until such time 
as the Dues and Annual Returns are paid." 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland. 
I hereby move, seconded by Most Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay, that 
Grand Chapter approve a motion giving authority to Most Excellent 
Companion Stanley Portch to establish in the forthcoming year, a com- 
mittee for the purpose of reviewing the WORK, and to report back to 
Grand Chapter for their consideration, one year hence, their findings 
and recommendations. 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett 
Motion carried. 


M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents 
of the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according 
to ancient custom. 

M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, Grand Z., extended his congratula- 
tions to the newly invested Grand Superintendents, reminding them 
of their duties in connection with their office and wished for them all 
the pleasure their work in office will afford them, impressing upon 
them the responsibility they carry on their shoulders as the representa- 
tive of the Grand First Principal and of Grand Chapter, wishing them 
health and all the help of the Most High. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, and — 

Resolvetd — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario be extended to: 

The Credential Committee, under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. 
W. Woodland, for the efficient manner in which they carried out their 

The Scrutineers, under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. E. Jenkins, for 
their services in taking charge of the election of officers; 

General Chairmen and sub-committees who looked after the arrange- 
ments and for their untiring assistance, including the reception and 
entertainment of the delegates and their ladies; 

The Installing Board, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. C. W. 
Emmett, and the Past Grand Z.'s and to all those who have contributed 
to the success of our One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation. 



The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch: 


R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Biggs, 463 Hillsdale Ave. E., Toronto 7, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Morley H. Hancock, 195 John St, Belleville, Ont 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, 1329 Cumnock Cres., Oakville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith, Lively, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Lecturer 

27 Colwood Road, Islington, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Ingram Asst. Grand Chaplain 

P.O. Box 733, Almonte, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Paul Vorvis Grand Sr. Sojourner 

32 Tiffany Street West, Guelph, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. T. R. Tompkins Grand Jr. Sojourner 

112 St. Peter Street, Whitby, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Donald J. Gunn Grand Sword Bearer 

65 Grenville Blvd. N., Toronto 18, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alfred James Robert Moxon Grand Master 4th Veil 

257 Ferris Road, Toronto 16, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Shepherd Grand Master 3rd Veil 

20 Cameron Street, Gait, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. R. G. Willis Grand Master 2nd Veil 

204 Regent Street, Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Elmer Zimmerman Grand Master 1st Veil 

74 Robert Street, Milton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Herbert Jones Grand Standard Bearer 

58 MacDonald Street, Toronto 14, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Cannon Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Caledon East, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert S. Paterson Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

311 St. Clair Street, Chatham, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Evan Denning Grand Organist 

R.R. No. 3, Strathroy, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Josh Martin Grand Pursuivant 

Apt. No. 9, 131 Elmwood Avenue, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Thomas Armstrong Grand Steward 

23 Parkview, Georgetown, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wm. A. Anderson Grand Steward 

398 Maple Avenue, Oakville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Westbrook Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Clinton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Francis Angle Grand Steward 

42 Fielden Avenue, Port Colborne, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Stanley Victor Meakings Grand Steward 

2 Ellesboro Dr. (Box 7-32), Streetsville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Gemmel Graham Grand Steward 

105 Cedar Street, Orillia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilbert Teeple Grand Steward 

36 Wellington Street, Bowmanville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Roswald Frank Dafoe Grand Steward 

220 St. Lawrence East, P.O. Box 190, Madoc, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Gerald Robert Sawyer Grand Steward 

133 Front Ave. W., Brockville, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Gordon Saunders Grand Steward 

2062 Saunderson Drive, Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Delbert Henry Grand Steward 

509 Crowe Avenue, Fort Frances, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Albeit Frederick Beach Grand Steward 

45 Main St., Frood Mine, Site 3, R.R. No. 1, Sudbury, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Edmund Salem Tipper Grand Steward 

47 Second St., Krikland Lake, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. R. Lovell Grand Outer Guard 

14 John St., Brantford, Ont. 

The labors of the Annual Convocation being 
ended, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample 
Form at 12:30 p.m., Toronto, Ontario, Wednes- 
day, April 24, 1968. 

[Robert (John uianulton 

Grand Scribe E. 


R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand H. 

(By Virtue of Office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand Z. 


(By Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C Grand Z. 1943-44 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, O.B.E Grand Z. 1945-46 

R.R. No. 6, Brampton, Ontario 
M Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Z. 1947-48 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1957-58 

Apt. 21, 24 Shallmar Blvd., Toronto 10, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 1959-60 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 1961-62 

27 Colwood Rd., Islington, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D Grand Z. 1963-64 

165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 1965-66 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario 


R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 460 Oriole Parkway, Toronto 7, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 



R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 961 Toro St, Sarnia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leo John Gent, Box 78, 21 Catharine St. E., Dorchester, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. K. Hogaboom, 36 Athol Ave., Toronto 18, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George E. Turner, M.D., 2281 Victoria Ave., Windsor, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comps. G. A. Lauzon (Chairman), John Milloy, Reginald K. Burns, 

E. B. Dangerfield. 

R. Ex. Comps. E. K. Hogaboom (Chairman), C. W. Spicer, H. E. Fackrell. 


R. Ex. Comp. Carl Ackert (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z.'s, 

Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comps. Fred Scott (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. D. S. Stephens, 

Ex. Comp. R. Chandler 

R Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent. 


R. Ex. Comps. W. H. Gummer (Chairman), G. B. Cowman, Donald L. 

Attridge, L. F. Deamude, L. B. Hagerman 


R Ex. Comps. G. S. Matthias (Chairman), Rev. J. C. Britton (Vice- 

Chairman), W. C. Arch, R. G. Childs. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull. 



M. Ex. Comps. Bruce H. Smith (Chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., R. V. 

Conover, O.B.E., F. W. Dean, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. L. House, M. A. 

Searle, C W. Emmett, Fraser Hay. M.D., J. E. Girven. 

R. Ex. Comps. L. B. Gillespie (Chairman), C. C. Dale, A. F. Killah. 


M. Ex. Comp. F. Hay, M.D. (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z.'s, 

Chairman of Masonic Instruction Committee, Grand Lecturer, 

Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comps. F. Hay, M.D., (Chairman), A. G. N. Bradshaw, 

C. W. Emmett. 


R. Ex. Comps. Oliver T. Flint (Chairman), W. E. Johnston. 


M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (Chairman), V. Ex. Comp. Clare Howes, 

R. Ex. Comps. J. E. Richardson, L. C. Ewener, J. Turnbull. 



M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (Chairman), J. L. House, C. W. Emmett, 

Ex. Comps. J. R. Brown, M.D., Aube Wiseman. 

R. Ex. Comps. W. S. Thomson (Chairman), E. Smith, M. H. Hancock, 

H. S. Biggs. 


R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. M. A. 

Searle, J. E. Girven, R. Ex. Comp. L. J. Gent. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. G. H. Shannon, 

G. E. Turner 



M Ex. Comps. J. E. Girven (Chairman), Bruce H. Smith 

R. Ex. Comp. G. K. Brown. 

M. Ex. Comps. Bruce H. Smith (Chairman), Charles W. Emmett, 

Fred W. Dean. 


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2 — Cecil Armstrong, Albert Ernest Hollings; 4 — Clayton J. Shibley, 
Claude F. Tye; 28 — Bernard Clive Adams; 40 — John Munroe Milligan; 
45 — Jack Cecil Armstrong; 77 — Douglas Harwood; 80 — Ralph Burnett 
Fathers; 82 — Ronald Stewart Dawes; 91 — Herbert Scanlan Holborn; 95 — 
Arthur James Spencer; 103 — Oakley Tinson Smith; 145 — Charles Lepel 
Richardson; 151 — Edward Nitschke, E. Harris Middleton, Norman Ach- 
tenburg, Harold Plummer, Lennos Roy Jeffrey, John Manley Wright, 
Garnet Allan; 164— J. M. Kelly, William T. Merret, Earl V. Lemon, Wil- 
fred Becker, Vernon Morris, Lome D. Hill, Hugh J. Turner, James W. 
Neil, John L. Atkinson, William D. McPhee, Norman Walker, Clifford C. 
Robinson, Bruce R. Sheeler, Dugald Carmichael, Duglas B. Lusty; 213 — 
Frank F. Martel; 222 — Robert MacFarlane Carsell, Robert James Mc- 
Knight; 234— Gerald McCrea; 235— Thos. Newton; 246— William 
Beaconsfield Hillmer; 255 — Robert G. Hart. 


1— Rudolph Anton Wunsch, Chas. T. White; 3— Arthur Ellah, Thos. 
Towers French, Harold Arthur Harding, C. Norman Pyman; 4 — Osier 
Briggs Dickinson, William L. Lankin, Alan D. Ayliffe, Kenneth Edward 
Lyall, William N. Ramsden; 5 — William Henry Perryman, Sam Martin, 
Benjamin A. Johnston, Harold Wilfred Wilson, Findlay G. Carrol, Arthur 
Kenneth Smith, Stanley S. Moore; 6— Harry Brenton Llewellyn, William 
Powers, George E. Reece; 7 — Donald Harrison, John Joseph Lewis, 
Roger Riedel, Murray Reid; 8 — Alfred George Sinclair, Henry A. Patrick, 
James W. G. Wilson, A. T. Lowcock, Norman M. Harris, Charles H. 
Asquith, Earl E. Reid, Joseph Lindsay, George E. Marchment, Kenneth 
F. Perkins, Thomas A. Bradley, William G. Dixon, Robert E. Collins, 
Edward Cassels, Leonard Chapman, Thomas A. Boardman, Thomas R. 
Doyle, Percy V. Clark, Frank A. Watson, Robert Croizer, Melvin A. 
Meritt, W. I. Crombie (Note: Refer to notation on Chapter No. 163); 
16 — Ralph B. O'Neil, Jarl Abe Alexanderson, Joseph Featonby, Edward I. 
Litwack, James D. Low; 19 — John Nicholar Batcules, Kenneth Earl Bes- 
sey, William James Jeffery; 20 — John Harry Sero; 24 — ohn Earl Graham, 
Thomas H. Kaufman; 26— John E. Harley, Clifford R. Holton, Howard 
Johnston, Ray D. Murray, Howard Weise; 28— Clifford Cunliffe Marsh, 
Eric James Lindsay; 31 — William Jeune, Lyall Hicks, Finley John Mac- 
Athur, Clifford K. Beckwith; 36— Gordon Lloyd Beatty; 37— William 
James Carey, William Arthur Walker; 44 — S. H. Sedore; 46 — Hazen 
Gosnel; 56 — William Walter Watson; 59 — George William Elson, James 
Eadie, Ralph Easton, William Flynn, Pelham Lawrence Morgan, Sidney 
Hall, Donald Harvey Wilson; 63 — George Edward Harrison, Robert 
Angus Scott, Charles Victor Henry, Francis W. J. Low, Peter H. H. 
Bissonnette; 68 — C. Marwood Bartlew; 71 — Walter Gould, Hyman Lam- 
pert, Ure David; 73 — Victor H. Pyne, Ralph Desmond; 76 — Harry 
Hartley Higgins; 80 — Andrew Kominar; 81 — Chas. I. Jones, Wm. J. 
Hunter, Burt C. Moore; 88 — Alymer Weston; 91 — Arthur Tait Robertson, 
Frederick John Charles Haynes, Robert Cochrane, W. G. Rodger, John 
Frederick Sparrow; 95 — Wm. Archie Somers, Russell Hartwick, Albert 
Telesphose Charbonneau, Gordon Evert Corf, Charles Henry Taylor Jr., 
Alexander Bingeman McLennan, Walter Joseph Hiscock, George Camp- 
bell Welsh; 102— Russell Thomas Penhorwood; 110— Floyd Grills, Ran- 
dolph Potter; 112 — Ernest Marcellus, George Raymond Mcintosh, 
Donald Marshall Robertson; 113 — Alexander Daye, Allan Charles 
Fickes, Reiniek Adelaan; 115 — Harvey Thomas Ingall; 116 — James 
Laskaris, Thomas Hubert Scoot; 117 — John Valentine Wittig; 131 — Roy 
Arthur Walker, Donald Edward Wright; 132 — Robert J. Caughey, New- 
man Fisher Cochrane, Maxwell Howland Fallis, Edward Grice, David 
George Lindsay Serman; 133 — John R. Weston, Robert J. Small, John F. 


Horsman; 135 — C. Frederick Kelland, Gabriel Gruschcow; 138 — Horace 
Sykes; 140 — Colin James Bath, Toivd Alexander Hauta (Kangas); 144 — 
Frank Hamilton; 145 — Walter H. Hacking, Kenneth McNeill, Allan 
Peers, John Reilly, Orlem E. Strincer; 147 — Alex N. MacDonald; 150 — 
Harry Huxley, William Byron Patrick; 151 Albert Edward Leach, Gar- 
net Allan, Gordon Eldon Stewart, Wendell Ernest Gimby, John Henry 
Arnold Williams, Norman Achtenburg, Lennox Roy Jeffrey, John Man- 
ley Wright, Angus Donald Matheson; 155 Frank Irwin; 161 — Kenneth 
Pigden, Clement Treverton, John Fraser, Lynn McCoy, Gordon Lloyd, 
Manfred Thomas; 163 — (Note: This Chapter surrendered Chapter Charter 
and members almost as a body affiliated with Chapter No. 8); 164 — 
Albert Gould, Gordon Beattie, Bernice Petronis, Wilson Long, Edmund 
Ashton, Arthur William Alexander D. McKellar, William Reycraft, 
Howard Moore, William A. Munro, John Wesley Weldon, John Henry 
Rowe, William Charles Lang, William Melnyk, Clarence Leon Shaw, 
Cameron athaniel Lusty, Israel George Krause, William George Foster, 
Andrew Cipu, Milton Sanford Thompson, Theadore B. Chaney, J. Allan 
Ross Jr., David Leslie Pearce, Dimitrije Mijatovic, Robert William Purdy, 
Steven Mathew Fodor, Maurice Weekes; 195 — Victor George Gibbard; 
198 — Earl Morrison, James Witney Howell, Lome Forbes McFadden; 
212 — Benjamin Berman, Dr. Myer George Drutz; 219 — Adam Young, 
Norman Black; 220 — Hugh Maswell, Edward Wilson, Mark Alfred 
Mundier, Raymond L, Hopper; 222 — James P. Ivan Clancy, John Graham 
Little, Leslie Lome Mock; 224 — James Niven; 225 — Ralph Goodman; 
227 — Howard Welch, John Armstrong, Wm. Arthur Newman; 231 — G. E. 
Butterworth, E. A. Christoffer, Roy Fox, D. R. Joyce, Paul James, 
Thomas Stephenson; 233 — James McCalmont Aitkenhead, Robert V. 
Rankin; 238 — Francis Dixon Barnhart, Ronald Garwood Fleming, Gra- 
ham Harry Goulden, Arthur Grant Lemery, Henry Walter Landrye, 
Albert George Langley, Johnu Eric Marsh, Angus Grant McArthur, Wil- 
liam Roy McGibbon, Ralph Henry Olver, John Robert Penford; 241 — 
Peter William Yaremko; 242 — Richard Charles Martin; 250 — Robert 
King, Frank Wm. Shaw, Michael Kozak, John M. Burch, James R. Muir; 
King, Frank Wm. Shaw, Michael Kozak, John M. Burch, James R. Muir, 
Thomas H. Bennett, Stanley Corlett, Alexander J. Dalling; 251 — James 
Kilgour, Jack Custance; 254 — Herbert Arthur Kelly; 260 — John S. 
Coutts; 263 — Kelmar McKay, Denis Joseph MaGuire, John Klinck, James 
Barrie, Robert Bannine. 


1 — Grobert John Bremman, C. Ronald Jolly, Leonard Sortome; 2 — 
Albert Ernest Hollings, Albert Edward Carver, William John Degrow; 
4 — David F. Jackson, David Wane; 5 — Norman L. Atkinson, Benjamin 
James Lucas, Walter Clifford Jacobs; 6 — Robert John McMillan, Leslie 
Ernest Stacey, William Henry Walker; 7 — Wilmer Giffin Standing, 
Walter James Rapino; 8 — Harold V. Crate, Roy Pannabecker, Philip 
Baxter, Wilfred H. Morton; 15 — John Ernest Timperley; 16 — L. Charles 
Cragg, Frank Gursby, John McDonald Taylor, A. Heines, Walter Ack- 
land; 19 — Raymond James Kirkpatrick; 20 — John E. South, Elliott 
Moses; 23— Wilton D. Elliott, D. G. Godby, Ralph K. Wilson; 24— Clifford 
LaVerne Searcy, Howard Gilbert Clark; 26— George Grian Lewis, Fred 
George Durrant, Lome Ernest Proudfoot, Frank Earnest Rowe; 27 — 
William Garfield Lane, James Charles Dean; 28 — Albert Edwin Jones, 
James Edward Robertson; 29 — Rev. J. P. Pryse,, Joseph Wells, Donald 
Goodgear; 20 — John Franklin Gillespie, Alvin Casey; 31 — William P. 
Thurston, Morley S. Baker, Clowes, O. Phillips, Elmer Gerow; 34 — 
William Arthur Jackson; 35 — Harold F. Elms, Harry Warburton Jermyn, 
Keith Ingram Marsh; 36 — John Holme, Roland Roger, Marcel Brier, 
Thompson Filmer Walton; 40 — Leonard William Weston, Walter George 
Moon; 44 — Rev. Russell Finley, Dorland Wood, C. W. Buchanan; 46 — 


Donald John Maciver; 47 — William F. Lawson, George D. Thompson, 
Dwight W. Doyle; 53 — George Menzies McKay, Harrison Bruce Aiken, 
James King, John Walter Fawcett, Claire Murray Jardine; 57 — Jas. F. 
Steed, Grant N. Black; 59 — Reid Fletcher, Ivert Edward Turner, John 
Radford; 61 — Ernest Adams, Cyril Henry Osborne; 62 — Andrew L. 
Mitchell, Francis Liddell, Harold Riginald Huxley, James Henry Heise, 
Cyril George Wedlake 63 — George Harvey Linklater, Clarence H. Wal- 
pole, Walter A. Eifert, Clarence E. Urquhart; 64 — Murry Kent Morgan, 
Norman Russell Wightman; 65 — Ernest Frederick Oakes, James William 
Blaney, Cyril H. Wilkins; 66 — Joseph Ferrand; 69 — Douglas Howard 
Christie, Wilfred Lawson; 71 — Alexis Burrell; 73 — John A. MacPherson, 
Douglas Makey; 75 — Ian Scovell, John Beverley; 77 — R. W. Bromby, 
A. Aylward, J. J. I. Knowels, S. J. Rowe, W. H. Gibbs; 79— Harold J. F. 
Paul, Walter Smith; 80— Douglas C. Neilson; 81— Philip Brown; 82— 
Thomas Fell; 83— Morley Wilton McLean, William Leon Hill; 88— 
Wilfred Chapman, Clarence W. King, Geo. Wesley McKay, Gerald 
Robinson; 90 — Arthur Davies, Ernest Sutton, Robert Clark, Percy Harry 
Foley, Oscar V. Pearson, George Erivest Styles, Harvey Dean Wilson, 
Henry Albert Bird; 91 — William F. Balcombe; 94 — Albert Jacob Pow- 
ers, Edmund Neil Gregory; 95 — Frederick Lumley, John Edwin Thornley, 
James Alfred Terry, Nicholar Abraham, Edward Allan Abraham, George 
Edward May; 103— Oakley Timson Smith; 104— G. F. Sheppherd; 112— 
Ross H. Beckstead, William James Kirkwood, Mahlon Webster Zeron, 
Harry William Heikle, James McCrank, Allen Kyle Farlinger; 113 — 
John Wilkinson, William Milligan, Wilfred Raymund, Stanley Souvage, 
William Chaffer, Kenneth McKinnon, Norman H. Kelly; 114 — John 
Hartley Henderson, Gordon Anglis Carty; 116 — Robert Harold Moore, 
Clifford Ross MacDowell, Robert Duncan Ledgerwood; 117 — Ronald W. 
Little, Frederick William K. Smith; 131— Charles Seigrist; 132— Gordon 
Atkinson, -J. Ronald McMurrich, John Bernard Rackman; 133 — John 
Richard Drew, R. B. Robinson; 135 — James A. Best; 138 — Sidney Alfred 
Hester, Donald A. Smith, Robt. Douglas Parsons, Walter Gordon Randall, 
Gordon Bruce McCormick, William Everett Cooper; Lewis Milne, Calvin 
Burton; 140 — James Austin Bailey, Harry James Steele; 144 — Harry C. 
France; 145 — William Bryon Jeffrey, John Calvert, George Henry Mc- 
Pheeters, William J. Lynch; 146 — William John McCann, Harvey A. 
McDermitt, Wesley Krotz, Leonard George Dawson; 148 — Donald James 
Henderson; 151 — Howard Selwyn Bell, George William Steven, Sidney 
Sprules, John Manley Wright, Robert Walden Featherson, Gareth Wyn 
Parry; 152 — Irvin Stanley Livingston, Sigurd John Berklund; 153 — 
James E. Jackson, Bruce Rose; 155 — Douglas Mitchell; 161 — Emerson 
Hodgins, John Henderson; 163 — Albert W. Wright, Charles Hill, Kenneth 
F. Rutledge; 164 — John A. Burger, Lawrence L. Ripley, Gerald Dawson, 
Charles I. Black, Verne Frank, Allen Ross, Frank Hay, Thomas A. 
Fairies, Howard V. Degraw, Allan S. Craig, Duncan A. McGregor, 
George S. Robinson, Donald S. Leitch. Arthur K. Hawksby, A. Edwin 
Roberts, Berns Sansom; 168 — Morley E. Petherick; 169 — Vincent Marks, 
George Ernest Proctor, EdwardMcKinle y Whitby, Carl Miller White, 
Donald James White; 175 — William L. B. DeHarte, Samuel Mitminger, 
Allace B. Earle; 195— Eric Tompkins, Fred Barnett; 198— Donald Rus- 
sell MacDonald, Lome Sansom; 210 — John Alexander Ralph Dillabough; 
212— George Friedman, Al Syd Cohen, Manuel Esco; 213— Emmett S. 
McCory, Clifford J. Elliot; 214— Angus McLean; 215— Peter Baxter; 
217— Ian A. F. MacDonald; 218— Albert William Holton, Kenneth W. 
Gamble; 219— William Hunter; 220— Victor Stewart Wilson, Charles E. 
Mercer, John Kendall; 221 — Harvey Silverthorn Smith; 222 — Rev. Dr. 
John Logan-Vencta, Charles Wilson Mcllraith, Antonio H. Johanus 
Lovink, Robert James Canning, Earle McBride Murray; 225 — Albert S. 
Thomas; 227 — John Ewing, John A. Fullerton, Dave Stevenson, George 
Smith, William A. R. McCreary; 230— George Peters, Albert Russell, 


Howard Setwart, Wilbur Bailey; 232 — Clement Hoyle, John H. Brere- 
ton; 233 — Frederick Bevins; 235 — John Stewart Choppin, Howard James 
Morton; 236— William F. Preiss; 238— Gordon Delzell Leitch, Kenneth 
Gordon James Harper; 239 — Percy Lanz; 241 — Donald Everet Lindsay; 
245 — John Holland, Edward eWight, Norman Roszell; 246 — George 
Grant, William George Walker, Harry Bruce Banks, Norman Baxter 
Johnstone; 247 — James Wilson; 248 — George Shepherd; 250 — Andrew 
Davidson; 251 — Ronald Loach, Chas. Green; 253 — David John Cornish; 
254 — William Leslie Sanderson, Gary Harold Barr, William W. Wigle; 
255— Roy C. Crandell; 257— Gerald E. Delaney; 258— William B. Gingell, 
Cecil W. Hindricks; 262 — Calvin Graham Franklin, Ronald Stuart Camp- 
bell, Douglas Gordon Mitchell; 263 — Thomas Wright, Gerry Paschink, 
Arthur O'Neill, Wilfred Mills, Reginald Levens, Robert Embree Fair; 
205— Edward Wesley Van Wert, Hugh M. Stewart, Ralph Waldo Scarlet, 
Flloy Walker, William Robert Argue, Ronald Douglas, Tozer, Fred 
Avent, Hugh Black. 


R. Ex. Comp. George A. Lauzon, 71 Maplewood Cres., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

47 Wellington Chatham 119 King Cyrus Leamington 

71 Prince of Wales Essex 153 Somba Wallaceburg 

73 Erie Ridgetown 164 Lome West Lome 

80 Ark Windsor 239 Blenheim Blenheim 

88 MacNabb Dresden 250 Thomas Peters Windsor 

R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Ernest Fackrell, R.R. 8, St. Thomas, Ont. 
3 St. John's London 81 Aylmer Aylmer 

5 St. George's London 150 London London 

15 Wawanosh Sarnia 214 Vimy Inwood 

53 Bruce Petrolia 238 The St. Andrew London 

54 Palestine St. Thomas 242 St. Paul's Lambeth 

74 Beaver Strathroy 247 Nilestown Nilestown 

78 Minnewawa Parkhill 252 Hiawatha Sarnia 

R. Ex. Comp. Claude Wilfred Spicer, St. George, Ont. 

18 Oxford Woodstock 115 Brant Paris 

20 Mount Horeb Brantford 253 Regal Port Dover 

23 Ezra Simcoe 255 Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

41 Harris Ingersoll 

R. Ex. Comp. Donald Lloyd Attridge, 4 Alexander Ave., Gait, Ont. 

32 Waterloo Gait 218 Prince Edward Shelburne 

40 Guelph Guelph 221 Durham Durham 

67 Enterprise Palmerston 234 Halton Georgetown 

83 Ionic Orangeville 245 Preston Preston 

117 Kitchener Kitchener 

R. Ex. Comp. George Benjamin Cowman, 80 Emerald St. S., 
Hamilton, Ont. 
2 The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224 Keystone Hamilton 

75 St. Clair Milton 236 Caledonia Caledonia 

104 White Oak Oakville 243 McKay Stoney Creek 

155 Ancaster Ancaster 262 King David Burlington 



R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Elmer Johnston, R.R. 1, Atwood, Ont. 

24 Tecumseh Stratford 84 Lebanon Wingham 

30 Huron Goderich 129 Elliott Mitchell 

46 St. James St. Marys 146 Bernard Listowel 

63 Havelock Kincardine 147 Lucknow Lucknow 

66 The Malloch Seaforth 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Frederick Deamude, R.R. 8, Dunnville, Ont. 

19 Mount Moriah . St. Catharines 69 Grimsby Grimsby 

29 McCallum Dunnville 76 Mount Nebo Chippawa 

55 Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184 Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57 King Hiram Port Colborne 240 Smithville Smithville 

64 Willson Welland 


R. Ex. Comp. John Edmund Richardson, 142 Boultbee Ave., 

Toronto 6, Ont. 

4 St. Andrew & St. John 205 Victoria Thornhill 

Toronto 217 St. Alban's Toronto 

8 King Solomon Toronto 225 Bveaer Toronto 

62 York Toronto 235 Aurora Aurora 

65 St. Paul's Toronto 241 University Toronto 

79 Orient Toronto 258 Tyrian Stouffville 

135 Succoth Uxbridge 263 The Scarborough, Scarborough 

145 The St. Patrick Thornhill 


R. Ex. Comp. William Charles Arch, Box 250, Streetsville, Ont. 

77 Occident Toronto 220 Lebandon Lambton Mills 

91 Toronto- Antiquity Toronto 230 Port Credit Port Credit 

138 Shekinah Toronto 231 The St. Clair Richmond Hill 

195 Peel Brampton 232 King Cyrus Toronto 

212 Mount Sinai Toronto 233 Oakwood Toronto 

215 Mimico Mimico 246 Humber Weston 

219 Ulster Scarborough 260 Centennial Streetsville 


R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Stanley Matthias, 336 - 6th Avenue East, 

Owen Sound, Ont. 

27 Manitou Collingwood 131 Amabel Wiarton 

34 Signet Barrie 167 Kichikewana Midland 

56 Georgian Owen Sound 198 Couchiching Orillia 

130 Chantry Southampton 261 Seguin Parry Sound 


R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Kenneth Burns, 1181 Clonsilla Avenue, 

Peterborough, Ont. 

28 Pentalpha Oshawa 94 Midland Lindsay 

35 Keystone Whitby 110 Warkworth Warkworth 

36 Corinthian Peterborough 134 King Darius Cannington 

37 Victoria Port Hope 168 Ionic Campbellford 

45 Excelsior Colborne 249 Palestine Bowmanville 

48 St. John's Cobourg 

R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Byers Hagerman, R.R. 1, Picton, Ont. 

7 The Moira Belleville 72 Keystone Stirling 

26 St. Mark's Trenton 144 Presqu'ile Brighton 

31 Prince Edward Picton 161 Madoc Madoc 

44 Mount Sinai Napanee 227 Quinte Friendship Belleville 


R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Bancroft Dangerfield, R.R. 5, Kemptville, Ont. 

1 Ancient Frontenac and 68 Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112 St. John's Morrisburg 

22 Grenville Prescott 113 Covenant Cornwall 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 132 Leeds Gananoque 


R. Ex. Comp. Cedric Cecil Dale, 2336 Jefferson Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

16 Carleton Ottawa 148 St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61 Granite Almonte 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

114 Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116 Maple Carleton Place 222 Ottawa Ottawa 

133 St. Francis Smiths Falls 226 Prince of Wales Perth 

143 Glengarry Maxville 248 Dochert Arnprior 

R. Ex. Comp. John Milloy, 211 - 4th Street North, Kenora, Ont. 

82 Shuniah Port Arthur 152 Alberton Fort Frances 

90 Golden Kenora 254 Golden Star Dryden 

140 Fort William Fort William 259 Quetico Atikokan 

149 Atwood Rainy River 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Finnie Killah, 594 Spruce Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103 St. John's North Bay 

102 Algonquin ... Sault Ste. Marie 257 Espanola Espanola 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert G. Childs, 206 Legion Drive, South Porcupine, Ont. 

169 Temiskaming New Liskeard 223 Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

213 Northern Lights Timmins 251 Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



Rt. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely, Nilestown, Ontario 


V. Ex. Comp. George L. Nutt, 516 Fair Street, Woodstock, Ontario 


V. Ex. Comp. William J. McCall, 1 Third Avenue, Orangeville, Ontario 


R. Ex. Comp. Ed. M. Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., Hamilton, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Saxton Sr., Wingham, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Don Winn, 39 Oakridge Cresc, Port Colborne, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Clifford M. Platten, 52 Donegal Dr., Toronto 17, Ontario 


V. Ex. Comp. Clare Howes, 397 Davisville Ave., Toronto 7, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. David P. Low, 696 - 4th Avenue, Owen Sound, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. Alan Buchanan, Warkworth, Ontario 



Rt. Ex. Comp. Lome Vaughan, 315 Bleecker St., Belleville, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. Harold Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston, Ont. 


Rt. Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, 52 Clegg Street, Ottawa, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. J. Lome Foster, 436 Brook Street, Fort William, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Ken Shore, P.O. Box 107, Espanola, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Howard T. Beaton Sr., Twin Falls, Iroquois Falls, Ontario 


1 Ex. Comp. Arthur H. Berry, 40 Carruthers St., Kingston 

2 Ex. Comp. Joseph Neill, 156 Prospect St. S., Hamilton 

3 Ex. Comp. Wm. Thornly, 63 Bond Street, London 

4 V. Ex. Comp. H. J. McCaw, 381 Manor Road East, Toronto 7 

5 Ex. Comp. Malcolm McRae, 1312 Brydges Street, London 

6 Ex. Comp. Terry Wunder, 30 Wilmont Court, Hamilton 

7 Ex. Comp. Eugene Harrison, 29 Meadowvale Avenue, Belleville 

8 Ex. Comp. James Graham, 28 Blue Spruce Lane, Thornhill 

15 Ex. Comp. Edwin F. Burdett, 472 Bright Street, Sarnia 

16 Ex. Comp. Clifford Meunier, 1241 Willowdale, Ottawa 

18 Ex. Comp. W. H. Evans, 160 Wellington St. North, Woodstock 

19 Ex. Comp. Clifford Naylor, 3 Clark St., St. Catharines 

20 Ex. Comp. Donald J. Churchill, 297 Darling St., Bantford 

22 Ex. Comp. G. A. Miller, Prescott 

23 Ex. Comp. Robert G. Bcswell, 15 Martin St., Simcoe 

24 Ex. Comp. R. Young, 366 Albert Street, Stratford 

26 Ex. Comp. John Coles, R.R. No. 1, Trenton 

27 Ex. Comp. Thos. Stout, R.R. No. 3. Collingwood 

28 Ex. Comp. <H. D. Powless, Apt. 6, 620C Bond St. E., Oshawa 

29 Ex. Comp. Kenneth Bell, 535 Broad St. E., Dunnville 

30 Ex. Comp. Leonard Boyce, 49 North Street, Goderich 

31 Ex. Comp. James York, R.R. No. 1, Bloomfield 

32 Ex. Comp. W. E. Knill, 184 Blair Road, Gait 

34 Ex. Comp. C. D. Cunningham, 37 Oak Street. Barrie 

35 Ex. Comp. Harold M. Douglas, 605 Gilbert St. W., Whitby 

36 Ex. Comp. V. A. Moore, 904 Sherbrooke Street West, Peterborough 

37 Ex. Comp. F. H. Hueston, 4 Gregory Street, Port Hope 

40 Ex. Comp. Gilbert A. Price. 67 Grove Street, Guelph 

41 Ex. Comp. Fred D. Gillies, R.R. No. 1, Burgessville 

44 Ex. Comp. Jesse MacLean, 253 Camden Road. Napanee 

45 Ex. Comp. Harrlod Chatterson, R.R. No. 4. Colborne 

46 Ex. Comp. William Hanly, R.R. No. 1, St. Marys 

47 Ex. Comp. Wilfred Jacques. 9 O'Brien Drive, Chatham 

48 Ex. Comp. Wm. E. Sunderland, 387 William St.. Cobourg 

53 Ex. Comp. James A. McCabe, 118 Landsdowne S., Sarnia 

54 Ex. Comp. J. Pickston. 10 New Street, St. Thomas 

55 Ex. Comp. Merton Gorham, R.R. No. 3, Naigara-On-The-Lake 

56 Ex. Comp. Leo F. Sparnaay, 426-15th Street West, Owen Sound 

57 Ex. Comp. T. Ivan, 205 Oakwood, Port Colborne 

59 Ex. Comp. J. L. Buehlow, 153 Perth Street, Brockville 

61 Ex. Comp. Cecil O. Barber, P.O. Box 1378, Picton 

62 Ex. Comp. J. H. Cook, 216 Prince Edward Drive, Toronto 18 

63 Ex. Comp. Geo. A. Stewart, R.R. No. 2, Ripley 


64 Ex. Comp. B. D. Penwarden, 216 River Road, Welland 

65 Ex. Comp. L. R. Evans, 93 Dewey Drive, Scarborough 

66 Ex. Comp. A. E. Matheson, Clinton 

67 Ex. Comp. Hugh John MacDonald, Box 433, Palmerston 

68 Ex. Comp. Crozier Verdun, Oxford Mills 

69 Ex. Comp. J. McMaster, R.R. No. 1, Grimsby 

71 Ex. Comp. Edward Purvis, R.R. No. 1, Cottam 

72 Ex. Comp. David Hollinger, R.R. No. 4, Stirling 

73 Ex. Comp. Lyle Winter, Northwood 

74 Ex. Comp. Frank Hendry, 68 Head Street North, Strathroy 

75 Ex. Comp. William P. Greenfield, 417 Woodward Avenue, Milton 

76 Ex. Comp. George Manuel, 2912 Dorchester Road S., Niagara Falls 

77 Ex. Comp. Frank Harris, 27 Trueman Avenue, Toronto 18 

78 Ex. Comp. Rene Vandermeer, R.R. No. 1, Arkona 

79 Ex. Comp. Peter Pearson, 2263 Belfast Crescent, Clarkson 

80 Ex. Comp. Howard T. Henderson, 642 Rankin, Windsor 

81 Ex. Comp. R. Sinden, Aylmer 

82 Ex. Comp. H. W. Davidson, 76 Oak Avenue, Port Arthur 

83 Ex. Comp. A. Speers, Caledon 

84 Ex. Comp. Wm. McElwain, Fordwich 

88 Ex. Comp. Harold Martin, R.R. No. 6, Dresden 

90 Ex. Comp. H. F. Chaney, Box 590, Kenora 

91 Ex. Comp. Richard Bolt, 17 Hartfield Road, Islington 

94 Ex. Comp. G. Kenneth Johnson, 157 Kent Street W., Lindsay 

95 Ex. Comp. A. F. Gambl,e 2 Keziah Street, Sudbury 

102 Ex. Comp. H. Hansen, General Delivery, Sturgeon Falls 

103 Ex. Comp. R. C. -Schmeler, 463 Angus Avenue, North Bay 

104 Ex. Comp. Fred A. Purucker, 155 Allen Street, Oakville 
110 Ex. Comp. Morgan Durnford, Hasting 

112 Ex. Comp. Gordon W. Thorn, Morrisburg 

113 Ex. Comp. Gordon E. Cameron, 302 Shirley Avenue, Cornwall 

114 Ex. Comp. S. B. Roberts, 301 Opeongo Road, Renfrew 

115 Ex. Comp. Robert Sasse, 36 Lyons Street, Brantford 

116 Ex. Comp. William D. Baird, Box 51, Carleton Place 

117 Ex. Comp. Ronald M. Weekes, 24 Oriole P'kwy, Elmira 
119 Ex. Comp. Lawrence Hillman, Leamington 

129 Ex. Comp. Richard Thorne, Mitchell 

130 Ex. Comp. Dalton E. Moffatt, Box 123, Paisley 

131 Ex. Comp. Mancel Nixon, Wiarton 

132 Ex. Comp. John M. Cameron, Seeleys Bay 

133 Ex. Comp. H. G. Freeman, 40 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls 

134 Ex. Comp. Lance A. Patterson, Cannington 

135 Ex. Comp. C. G. Armstrong, R.R. No. 4, Uxbridge 

138 Ex. Comp. Arthur D. Hamilton, 27 Hotspur Road, Toronto 19 
140 Ex. Comp. J. D. Sokoloski, 2219 Donald Street, Fort William 

143 Ex. Comp. Leonard Robinson Hanley, Box 99, Avonmore 

144 V. Ex. Comp. Ed. Solomon, Brighton 

145 Ex. Comp. George McKye, 13 Richview Lane, Lome Park 

146 Ex. Comp. L. W. Covlett, 18 Home Street, Welland 

147 Ex. Comp. W. G. Evans, Whitechurch 

148 V. Ex. Comp. P. E. Wall, Vankleek Hill 

149 Ex. Comp. Walter Bernhart Brunn, Box 300, Rainy River 

150 Ex. Comp. William E. McDonald, 33 Riverview Avenue, London 

151 Ex. Comp. Victor M. Poland, Box 219, Killaloc 

152 Ex. Comp. W. G. Sanders, 406 Church Street, Fort Frances 

153 Ex. Comp. Howard Grealis, 323 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg 
155 Ex. Comp. Roy Vansickle, Jerseyville 

161 Ex. Comp. William Derry, Madoc 


164 Ex. Comp. William Melynk, Rodney 

167 Ex. Comp. J. Ray Newton, 274-4th Street, Midland 

168 Ex. Comp. Edward Thompson, c/o Marmora High School, Marmora 

169 Ex. Comp. W. F. Rice, Haileybury 

175 Ex. Comp. Walter Baldwin Sr., 197 East 15th Street, Hamilton 

184 Ex. Comp. Wendell Allen, 249 Bertie Street, Fort Erie 

195 Ex. Comp. T. Armstrong, 16 Treleaven Drive, Brampton 

198 Ex. Comp. William Lang Patterson, 259 Mississaga Street West, 

205 Ex. Comp. Ken Robbins, 76 Laverock Avenue, Richmond Hill 
210 Ex. Comp. Donald K. Campbell, Russell 

212 Ex. Comp. Louis Hermant, Q.C., 9 Heathview Avenue, Willowdale 

213 Ex. Comp. William J. Cock, Box 589, Schumacher 

214 Ex. Comp. Park Cameron, R.R. No. 3, Oil City 

215 Ex. Comp. Donald Campbell, 65 - 16th Street, Toronto 14 

217 Ex. Comp. Albert E. Neill, 395 Horsham Avenue, Toronto 

218 Ex. Comp. Donald Asaph, Shelburne 

219 Ex. Comp. Peter Taylor, 208 Chatham Ave., Toronto 6 

220 Ex. Comp. Barry Watson, 7 Oldfield Street, Maple 

221 Ex. Comp. Jas. E. Armstrong, R.R. No. 3, Durham 

222 Ex. Comp. Thomas Henry Fletcher, 17 Cramer Drive, Ottawa 6 

223 Ex. Comp. Lawrence H. Cutten, Iroquois Falls 

224 Ex. Comp. Melville G. Spiers, Box 119, WaterHown 

225 Ex. Comp. Tak Nishino, 34 Haileybury Drive, Scarborough 

226 Ex. Comp. A. G. L. Blanchard, Perth 

227 Ex. Comp. Norman Meldrum, 117 Hastings Drive, Belleville 

230 Ex. Comp. George Albert Lennox, 4 Superior Avenue, Apt. 33, 
Toronto 14 

231 Ex. Comp. John Inglis, 34 Poyntz Avenue, Willowdale 

232 Ex. Comp. J. Lloyd Mellor, 21 Larkfield Drive, Don Mills 

233 Ex. Comp. William Dunlop, 2646 Victoria Park Avenue, Agincourt 

234 Ex. Comp. W. E. Wilson, 14 Edith Street, Georgetown 

235 Ex. Comp. John Hepple, 63 Larmont Street, Aurora 

236 Ex. Comp. Albert V. Waterhouse, Sutherland St., South Caledonia 

238 Ex. Comp. Craig R. Leuty, 312 Regal Drive, London 

239 Ex. Comp. Laverne Sykes, R.RF. No. 1, Blenheim 

240 Ex. Comp. T. A. Richards, R.R. No. 1, Smithville 

241 Ex. Comp. R. W. Gerring, 352 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto 12 

242 Ex. Comp. Donald MacKenzie, 1186 Riverside Drive, London 

243 Ex. Comp. Glenn Taylor, Group E. Box 14, R.R. No. 1, Stoney Creek 

245 Ex. Comp. G. A. Braby, 50 Van Camp Avenue, Kitchener 

246 Ex. Comp. T. K. Whitfield, 216 Queens Drive, Weston 

247 Ex. Comp. Henry Matton, 1941 Wavell Street, London 

248 Ex. Comp. Dennis Jump, 50 Edey Street, Arnprior 

249 Ex. Comp. Lloyd Ayre, R.R. No. 4, Bowmanville 

250 Ex. Comp. Hugh W. Randall, 1273 Lincoln Road, Windsor 

251 Ex. Comp. Carl Reinholt, 30 Main Street, Kirkland Lake 

252 Ex. Comp. Lawrence Scott, 881 Lakeshore Road, Sarnia 

253 Ex. Comp. Edward J. Holland, Port Dover 

254 Ex. Comp. D. E. Hutchison, 66 Orvis Street, Dryden 

255 Ex. Comp. Fred W. Evans, R.R. No. 3, Langton 

257 R. Ex. Comp. K. R. Shore, Espanola 

258 Ex. Comp. Willard MacLean, R.R. No. 3, Mount Albert 

259 Ex. Comp. J. W. Madill, PO. Box 411, Atikokan 

260 Ex. Comp. Victor W. Newman, 154 Thomas Street, Streetsville 

261 Ex. Comp. Glen Junkin, Parry Sound 

262 Ex. Comp. Lance Brider, 824 Brant Street, Burlington 

263 Ex. Comp. R. W. Brown, 75 Scarborough Road, Apt. 302, Toronto 13 



1 V. Ex. Comp. R. H. Seymour, 3-Third Avenue, Kingston, Ontario. 

2 R. Ex. Comp. E. M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. S., Apt. 11, Hamilton 

3 V Ex. Comp. Chas. G. Smuck, 20 Thornton Avenue, London 

4 Ex. Comp. Keith L. Bellamy, 25 Ferncroft Dr., Scarborough 

5 R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Kennedy, 1601 Stoneybrook Cres., London 

6 R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 

7 V. Ex. Comp. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

8 V. Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Otis, 121 Divadale Dr., Toronto 17 

15 V. Ex. Comp. Harold R. Marriott, 216 Kathleen Ave., Sarnia 

16 Comp. Stuart Gilmour, Apt. 603, 196 Metcalfe St., Ottawa 4 

18 Comp. H. P. Deans, 110 Delatre St., Woodstock 

19 R. Ex. Comp. William S. Coolin, 18 Cameron Dr., St. Catharines 

20 R. Ex. Comp. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford 

22 Ex. Comp. G. R. Drummond, Spencerville 

23 Ex. Comp. W. J. Thompson, 6 Queen Street S., Simcoe 

24 V. Ex. Comp. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford 

26 Ex. Comp. John Birch, 61 McGill Street, Trenton 

27 R. Ex. Comp. B. M. Conron, 120 Maple Street, Collingwood 

28 R. Ex. Comp. Arthur G. Coppin, 227 Arthur St., Oshawa 

29 R. Ex. Comp. Frank R. Martin, 421 Pine St., Dunnville 

30 Ex. Comp. Melborn W. Cox, 244 Cameron St., Goderich 

31 Ex. Comp. Fred R. Greatrix, Jr., Box 882, Picton 

32 Ex. Comp. Gordon L. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Road S., Gait 

34 Ex. Comp. J. M. Lindsay, 17 Oak St., Barrie 

35 V. Ex. Comp. W. Percy Price, 420 Euclid St., Whitby 

36 V. Ex. Comp. David Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough 

37 V. Ex. ComD. C. P. McElroy. 80 Strachan St., Port Hope, Ontario. 

40 Ex. Comp. W. H. Quant, 4 Caledonia Avenue, Guelph 

41 Ex. Comp. Gerald M. Cole, 254 Harris St., Tngersoll 

44 Ex. Comp. F. Kenneth Hill, R.R. No. 5, Napanee 

45 Ex. Comp. Ken Mills, Colborne 

46 Ex. Comp. G. W. Kelly, Box 721, St. Mary's 

47 Ex. Comp. H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Avenue, Chatham 

48 Ex. Comp. Harold Rawcliffe, General Delivery, Cobourg 

53 V. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Story, 450 Greenfield St., Petrolia 

54 V. Ex. Comp. Kurven S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas 

55 Comp. E. W. Aldridge, 6 Youngblut Avenue, St. Catharines 

56 V. Ex. Comp. J. A. MdMeekin, 463-7th St. East, Owen Sound 

57 Ex. Comp. L. L. Doan, 801 Elm St., Port Colborne 

59 V. Ex. Comp. James G. Ruston, 164 James St E., Brockville 

61 Ex. Comp. John K. King, 189 Spring St., Almonte 

62 Ex. Comp. J. S. Shield, 49 Vanderhoof Avenue, Toronto 17 

63 V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Norman, R.R. No. 5, Kincardine 

64 Ex. Comp. J. C. L. McKeand, 5 Birchmount Drive, Welland 

65 Comp. Alfred Olley, 52 Westmoreland Avenue, Toronto 4 

66 Ex. Comp. Amos Corby, Box 512, Seaforth 

67 R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Morphy, Box 188, Palmerston 

68 Ex. Comp. Gideon J. Purcell, Oxford Station 

69 Comp. W. Fairbrother, Box 674, Beamsville 

71 R. Ex. Comp. R. Chas. Brushett, P.O. Box 68, Essex 

72 V. Ex. Comp. John L. Good, 18 Annis St., Box 2, Stirling 

73 R. Ex. Comp. Rev. S. E. Stevenson, Box 119, Highgate 

74 Ex. Comp. M. E. Gare, 24 Front St. E., Strathroy 

75 V. Ex. Comp Colin Smillie, 199 Queen Street, Milton 

76 Comp. David B. Jennings, 2558 Orchard Avenue, Niagara Falls 

77 Ex. Comp. Frank Kerr, Box 643, Postal Station Q, Toronto 7 


78 V. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Fox, R.R. No. 5, Parkhill 

79 Ex. Comp. Alfred J. R. Moxon, 257 Ferris Road, Toronto 16 

80 V. Ex. Comp. Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor 

81 Ex. Comp. Lewis A. Matlack, 55 Pine St. W., Aylmer 

82 R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetham, 374 Moore St., Port Arthur 

83 Ex. Comp. W. E. Watson, Orangeville 

84 Ex. Comp. A. J. H. MacDonald, 261 Carling Terrace, Wingham 
88 Ex. Comp. J. Walter Hornell, Dresden 

90 Ex. Comp. H. C. Smiley, 313 Matheson St. North, Kenora 

91 V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Geary, 74 Shanly Street, Toronto 4 

94 Ex. Comp. Ivan Brown, R.R. No. 2, Lindsay 

95 R. Ex. Comp. P. A. Coates, Apt. 606, 1147 Ramsay View Court, 

102 Ex. Comp. E. C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Brown, 1040 Front St., North Bay 

104 Comp. E. A. Wood, R.R. No. 2, Milton 

110 Comp. Wm. G. Taylor, P.O. Box 13, Warkworth 

112 Ex. Comp. Lloyd D. Barkley, Box 2, Morrisburg 

113 Ex. Comp. R. A. Young, Apt. 1, 214 Pitt St., Cornwall 

114 Comp. Harry Young, 137 Raglan St. N., Renfrew 

115 V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Broughton, 22 Warwick St., Paris 

116 R. Ex. Comp. M. P. Morris, 42 McArthur Ave., Box 804, Carleton 

117 Ex. Comp. Harold W. Rothaermel, 65 Ellis Cres. S., Waterloo 
119 Ex. Comp. Donald Robinson, 62 Oak St. West, Leamington 

129 Ex. Comp. E. J. Hingst, Box 42, Mitchell 

130 V. Ex. Comp. Ernest H. Gorrell, Box 100, Port Elgin 

131 Ex. Comp. Orville R. Greig, Box 356, Wiarton 

132 R. Ex. Comp. A. L. Wheeler, Box 149, Gananoque 

133 R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Avenue, Smiths Falls 

134 R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd G. Parliament, Cannington 

135 V. Ex. Comp. Harry V. Watson, Box 397, 27 Main St., Uxbridge 
138 Ex. Comp. Percy James, 12 Beacham Cres., Agincourt 

140 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Shaver, 707 Ruskin Cres., Fort William 

143 Ex. Comp. Roderick F. McRae, P.O. Box 2, Maxville 

144 Ex. Comp. Harder Bonisteel, Brighton 

145 Ex. Comp. R. L. Carr, 50 Jane Street, Toronto 9 

146 V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Sargent, Box 273, Listowel 

147 Ex. Comp. Gordon Montgomery, Lucknow 

148 Ex. Comp. Leon G. Harcourt, 461 Stanley St., Hawkesbury 

149 Ex. Comp. W. B. Warner, Rainy River 

150 Ex. Comp. Bloss E. Doupe, 419 Randol Drive, London 

151 Comp. G. A. Griffiths, 4 Moro Crescent, Petawawa 

152 Comp. Donald C. Baldwin, 329 Nelson Street, Fort Frances 1 

153 Ex. Comp. John Walton, 740 James Street, Wallaceburg 
155 Ex. Comp. George A. Penny, R.R. No. 2, Ancaster 

161 V. Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc 


164 V. Ex. Comp. Clarence L. Shaw, Box 60, West Lome 

167 V. Ex. Comp. F. E. Whiteman, 181 Elizabeth St., Midland 

168 Ex. Comp. Francis W. Long, Box 143, Campbellford 

169 Ex. Comp. A. P. Armstrong, Drawer 150, New Liskeard 
175 Ex. Comp. Bruce D. Burt, 96 Haddon Avenue N., Hamilton 
184 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Rostron, 38 Phipps St., Fort Erie 

195 Ex. Comp. C. Fred Kline, 40 David Street, Brampton 

198 Ex. Comp. D. J. Cossey, 155 Brant St. East, Orillia 

205 V. Ex. Comp. G. J. Hall, 18 Kingsdale Avenue, Willowdale 


210 V. Ex. Comp. Wendell M. Stanley, Box 10, Russell 

212 R. Ex. Comp. Irving M. Ingles, 28 Yeomans Road, Downsview 

213 Comp. Hubert V. Maxwell, 689 Patricia Blvd., Timmins 

214 Ex. Comp. Samuel J. Mitchell, R.R. No. 6, Alvinston 

215 Ex. Comp. A. E. Hunt, 90 - 5th Street, Toronto 14. 

217 R. Ex. Comp. W. John Webber, 24 Florida Crescent, Weston 

218 Ex. Comp. J. Alex Mawdsley, Shelburne 

219 Ex. Comp. Charles Bryson, 9 Torrington Dr., Etobicoke 

220 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18 

221 R. Ex. Comp. John N. Edwards, Box 286, Hanover 

222 Comp. W. Earl Tuck, Apt. 4, 33 Regent St., Ottawa 1 

223 V. Ex. Comp. Horace A. Jones, P.O. Box 125, Iroquois Falls 

224 Ex. Comp. J. Harvey Williams, 20 Searle St.. Hamilton 

225 V. Ex. Comp. John T. Wallace, 33 Inwood Avenue, Toronto 6 

226 R. Ex. Comp. P. O. McLaren, Box 625, Perth 

227 V. Ex. Comp. Mont. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville 

230 R. Ex. Comp. Jack W. Arnold, 596 Exbury Cres., Port Credit 

231 Ex. Comp. Albert W. Johnson, 669 Burnhamthorpe Road, Etobicoke 

232 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. D. Harrison, 210 Pemberton Avenue, Willowdale 

233 Comp. J. Wood, 63 Lynnvalley Crescent, Scarborough 

234 V. Ex. Comp. Jack Addy, 11 Arietta St., Georgetown 

235 V. Ex. Comp. E. J. Eveleigh, 43 Connaught Avenue, Aurora 

236 Ex. Comp. John C. Lang, R.R. No. 3. Caledonia 

238 V. Ex. Comp. A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Avenue, London 

239 Ex. Comp. Deric Payne, Box 62, 206 John St., Blenheim 

240 Comp. R. L. Jackson, R.R. No. 1, Smithville 

241 V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Avenue, Toronto 13 

242 Comp. C. L. Philip, 87 Downing Crescent, London 

243 Ex. Comp. Glenn E. Hyland, 221 King St. E., Stoney Creek 

245 Ex. Comp. J. Byron Ferrier, 119 Third Avenue, Preston 

246 Comp. J. Carmichael, 2 Mahoney Avenue, Toronto 15 

247 Comp. Garfield M. Kirkpatrick, 381 Vancouver St., London 

248 B. Ex. Comp. ;Geo. R. Clarke, Box 724, 107 Daniel St., Arnprior 

249 R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Freeman, R.R. No. 6, Bowmanville 

250 V. Ex. Comp. Walter Hockney, 3530 Dominion Blvd., Windsor 

251 Comp. H. R. Scott, 58 Tower St., Box 871, Kirkland Lake 

252 V. Ex. Comp. Thomas W. Huggins, 512 Ernest St., Point Edward 

253 Ex. Comp. E. S. Ford, Box 698, Port Dover 

254 Ex. Comp. T?. G. Amos, Box 460, 113 Kins: Street, Dryden 

255 Ex. Comp. Donald O. Dean, R.R. No. 6, Tillsonburg 

257 V. Ex. Comp. N. C. Somerville, P.O. Box 1, Espanola 

258 Comp. Ernest F. Short, R.R. No. 2, Markham 

259 Ex. Comp. E. I. Swanbergson, Box 608, Atikokan 

260 V. Ex. Comp. Arthur R. McDougall. 101 Cav^l Avenue Toronto 14 

261 Comp. J. E. Simms, Box 482, 2 James Street, Parry Sound 

262 V. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson. 433 Main St. W., Hamilton 

263 Ex. Comp. H, C. May, 1140 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto 13 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario from 1857 to 1968 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1958-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harmon 1872 

♦C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

* Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason 1890-1 

•J. E. Harding 1892-3 

•J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

•A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-6 

*John Leslie 1907-8 

♦George Moore 1909-10 

*Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

♦Daniel F. MacWatt . 

. 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 

. 1915-6 

♦A. S. Gorrell, M.D. .. 


*Wm. N. Ponton ... 


♦H. S. Griffin, M.D. . . . 

. 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer . . 


♦Walter H. Davis 

. . . 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan . . . 

. . . 1926-7 

♦Edwin Smith 

. 1928-9 

♦Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 


♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. l-i 

♦Alexander Cowan 


♦George L. Gardiner . . . 

. . 1935-6 

♦Wm. Y. Mills 

. . 1937-8 

♦Llewellyn F. Stephens 


♦John M. Empey 

. 1941-2 

John M. Burden 

. . 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 

. 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 

. 1947-8 

♦Clarence MacL. Pitts 


Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

♦John A. M. Taylor 


John L. House ... 

. 1955-6 

Maurice A. Searle .... 


Bruce H. Smith 

. . 1959-60 

Charles W. Emmett 


Fraser Hav. M.D. 

. 1963-4 

James E. Girven 


Stanley Portch 

. . 1967-8 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 

♦Henrv Robertson 
♦Kivas Tully 
♦Hugh Murray 
♦Harry H. Watson 
♦E. T. Malone 


. . 1891 


. 1909 


*A. T. Freed 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 

♦Roderick B. Dargavel 

♦Melville S. Gooderham 

♦Reginald J. Lewis 1964 

. 1922 

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland— Grand Z. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boag, England— Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958. 
♦R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand Scribe E., 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia — Hon. Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1958. 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario 

♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-1873 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-1875 

*Daniel Spry 1876-1877 

♦David McLellan 1878-1891 

♦Thomas Sargent 1892-1898 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Henry T Smith 1916-1928 

♦Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

*Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 

Maurice A. Searle 1960-1961 

Robert J. Hamilton 1962-1968 




Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Earl J. McKeever 10 Julia St., Port Hope 

Alberta Charles W. Emmett 27 Colwood Rd., Islington 

Argentina Andrew Nisbet Jr 17 Sturton Rd., Weston 

Arizona Edward Marshall Apt. No. 11, 137 Emerald St., 


Arkansas J. Howard Coleman 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California B. M. Conron 120 Maple St., Collingwood 

Colorado Cyril McMullen R.R. No. 5, Belleville 

Connecticut Dr. L. Noble Armstrong 185 Brock St., Kingston 

Delaware Wm. J. Grierson 161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto 12 

Dist. of Columbia B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave.. Belleville 

Finland Bryan Alford 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview 

Florida Gordon K. Brown ... 195 Cross Ave., Oakville 

France George A. Phillips 39 Daniel St. Smiths Falls 

Georgia E. T. Querney 321 Laura Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho J .Sinclair 174 Dahlia Ave., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 10 


Indiana James H. Rogers Apt. 19, Skyview Apts., 

3 East 37th St., Hamilton 

Iowa Carroll E. Griffin 358 Thorold Road West, Welland 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden . 4 Hart Street, Brantford 

Kansas Milton Gottlieb Apt. 311, 4415 Bathurst St., 


Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana Jos. Carson 689 Colborne Street, London 

Maine Lome E. Vaughan .... 315 Bleecker St., Belleville 

Manitoba Arthur W. Ayre 22 Connaught Ave., London 

Maryland Leo J. Gent Box 78, 21 Catharine St., Dorchester 

Massachusetts . Dr. Fraser Hay 165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel 

Michigan Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries .53 Clegg Street, Ottawa 

Missouri H. S. Biggs 463 Hillsdale Ave., Toronto 7 

Montana David Harcus 1523 Walsh St., Fort William 

Nebraska A. V. Roy Box 57, Napanee 

Netherlands Chas. A. Batt 16 Holloway St., Belleville 

Nevada . V. L. Mutton 66 Roanoke Rd., Don Mills 

New Brunswick A, Cavanagh 619 Wallace St., London 

New Hampshire N. M. Sprague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 30 Spetz Street, Kitchener 

New Mexico J. A. Kennedy 1601 Stonevbrook Cr. N., London 

New South Wales Wellington Smith 166 Third St., Fort Frances 

New York John M. Burden . 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12 

New Zealand .... Dr. J. Austin Evans . . 309 Avenue Road. Toronto 7 
North Carolina . . W. Leslie Davies . . 711 Cleremont Ave., London 

North Dakota ... William H. Gummer ... 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston 
Nova Scotia . Stanley Portch . . . R.R. 2, 5059 Walker's Line, Milton 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw .... 655 Waterloo Street, London 

Oklahoma R. J. Hamilton 69 Rathburn Rd.. Islington 

Oregon John James Robins . . 316 Second St., Midland 

Pennsylvania . John L. House 14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto 13 

Philippines William E. Gardner .18 Littlewood Cres., Etobicoke 
Quebec Maurice A. Searle Apt. 211, 24 Shallmar Blvd., 

Toronto 10. 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachern Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan .... J. E. Girven 581 Weller Street, Peterborough 

Scotland .... James Turnbull 377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 6 

South Carolina Herb F. Thomson 69 Clarence Street, Kingston 

South Dakota . . F. W. D. Welham 60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto 15 

Switzerland L. B. Morrison 1222 York Mills Road, Apt. 306, 

Don Mills 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham . 57 Union St. E., Apt. 103, Waterloo 

Texas Allan C. Mason 65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie .... 410 Eden Avenue, Ottawa 

Vermont Norman Farrington . . Niagara Parkway, Queenston 

Victoria Alex Wishart 327 Simcoe St., Woodstock 

Virginia Tohn J. Carpenter 15 Cornelia Street, Smiths Falls 

Washington . . Wm. Cecil Carson 250 Iona St., Ottawa 3 

Western Australia Everett C. Wood 58 Harriet St., Belleville 

West Virginia W. H. Sargent Listowel 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 11 Shallmar, Toronto 10 

Wyoming George Shute 426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury 



Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama .... Walter F. Estes 531-19th N., Birmingham 

Alberta F. B. Stewart 3918 - 1st St., N.W., Calgary 

Arizona John C. Walton 722 Kinsley Ave., Winslow, 86047 

Argentina R. W. Haxell 3355 Sucre, Buenos Aires 

Arkansas . . L. W. Williams Box 105, Osceola, 72370 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell ... 145 Talisman Ave., Vancouver 10 

California William T. Deckeraw 16850 Adlon Rd., Encino, 91316 

Colorado C. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst 16 Highview, Norwalk 

Delaware Elmer S. Howell 2106 Jefferson St., Wilmington 2 

Dist. of Columbia C. Eugene Barnes 2544 Naylor Rd., S.E. 

Washington, D.C. 

Florida H.J. Wendland 1019 - 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elfe 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 530 No. 6th St., Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 

India Syed Safdar Imam .... Ali Manzil, Ground Floor, 

S.P. Varma Road, Patna 1, Bihar 

Indiana Miles A. Scheffel 8642 Crawfordsville Rd., 

Indianapolis, 46224 

Iowa Harley I. Whaley Hopkins, 64461 

Ireland Donald McGaughey ... 40 Upper Arthur St., Belfast 

Kansas Roy H. Clossen Box 335, Coffeyville 

Kentucky . . Allen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana Lonnie L. Vallery 2163 Tulip St., Baton Rouge 70806 

Maine Jonn J. Faas Benton Station 

Manitoba W. A. Maguire Elgin 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts . . . W. F. Clark 660 Belmont Street, Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th Street, Port Huron 

Minnesota Fred Hilden International Falls 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hattiesburg 

Missouri Chester Selby Lebanon 

Montana • Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Dean L. Robertson 6927 Colby, Lincoln 68505 

Netherlands D. P. Harmsen . . Hofbrouckerlaan 10, Oegstgeest 

Nevada Stephen Ray Downs — 235 West Richards St., Fallon 

New Brunswick Fred E. Mallory R.R. 6, Woodstock 

New Hampshire Charles E. Leighton Jr. 15 Elliott Park, Dover 03820 

New Jersey . . Kenneth F. Cruikshank 8 Glen wood Place, Pennsville 08070 

New South Wales Norman Soutar 8 George's River Road, Croydon 

(Australia) Park, Sydney 

New York Clifford A. McDonald 55 South Vernon Street, Middleport, 

New Zealand . . Percival Charles Betts . . Auckland 
New Mexico ... William L. Ranville . . 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N.W. 

North Carolina Percival Charles Betts Box 3115, New Bern, 28560 
North Dakota . Thomas H. Rappley Rt. 1, Jamestown 58301 

Nova Scotia . Canon George F. Arnold 1348 Tower Rd., Halifax 

Ohio J. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Robert L. Taylor Box 187, Skiatook 

Oreeon Rex. W. Davis 

Pennsylvania .... W. Irvine Weist 35E Sunbury St., Shamokin 17872 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman No. 8 E. Javinto Street, 

Mandaluyong, Rizal 
Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Layfayette Street, Montreal 

(Australia) Dr. L. T. Jobbins 113 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane B.17 

Rhode Island K. S. Wilder 33 Elder Ave., East Providence 

Saskatchewan Lome Johnson 503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Scotland The Rt. Hon. The Earl 

of Galloway 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina Wm. N. Bradford Box 1343, Sumter, 29151 

South Dakota Joseph Hansen Hurley 

Switzerland Franz G. W. Schetehg 43 Titlisstrasse, Zurich 

Tennessee R- K. Roney, Sr Newbern 38059, Route 2 

Texas ... J- O. Caruthers Box 151, Rosenburg, 77471 

Utah Robert H. Drew 1083 East 460 South, Provo 

Vermont George E. Cummings . 33 Clough St., Windsor 05089 


(Australia) Keith Dodgshun Stratchan St., Hopetown, Victoria 

Virginia Claude E. Schools 130 W. Belvedere Rd., Norfolk 

Washington . Albert Jensen 3917 Densmore Avenue, Seattle 

Western Australia E. Blanckensee 63 Lawler St., South Perth, 

Western Australia 

West Virginia C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin Robert H. Tallman 114 Maple St., Spooner, 54801 

Wyoming Carl S. Gilbert 1610 Custer Street, Laramie 82070 



Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Thomas W. Oliver 1 South 55th Place, Woodlawn 

P.O. Box 2822-A, Birmingham, 35212 

Alaska H. Dexter Bacon Box 546, Palmer 

Alberta (G.S.E.) F. J. Hand .... 1717-28th Avenue S.W., Calgary 

Argentina A. Lappas ... 1385 Arenales, Buenos Aires (R.41) 

Arizona Dwight E. Shannon . . Box 206, Winslow 86047 

Arkansas O. B. Shaw Box 487, Fort Smith 

British Columbia (G.S.E.) E. B. Baker . . . 4659 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver 8 

California Chester H. Newell 25 Van Ness Ave., San 

Francisco, 94102 

Colorado Charles R. Stott Suite 770, Mas. Temple, 1614 Welton 

St., Denver, Colorado, 80202 

Connecticut .. Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain, Conn., 06050 

Delaware Raymond A. Howard ... 10 Ridgeland Rd., Lynnfield, 

Wilmington 19803 
Dist. of Columbia Marvin E. Fowler .... 1904 White Oaks Drive, Alexandria, 

Va., 22306 
England (G.S.E.) J. W. Stubbs Freemasons Hall, London, W.C.2, 

Gt. Queen Street 

Finland Martti V. Mustakallio . . Royal Arch Grand Chapter of 

Finland, Grand Scribe E., c/o 

Grand Lodge of Finland, Kasar- 

mikatu 16D, Helsinki 13 

Florida Thomas N. Morrison . . P.O. Box 1532, Lakeland, Fla., 33802 

France S. J. L. Humbert 65, Boulevard Bineau, 65 Neuilly- 

Sur-Seine (Seine) France 
Georgia J. E. Moseley 811 Mulberry Street, Macon 31201 

Idaho Roland R. Fletcher 5212 Bel Air, Boise, 83705 

Illinois Lyle Melvin P.O. Box 433, Dixon, 61021 

India p. M. Sundaram Freemasons Hall, Janpath, 

Post Box No. 681, New Delhi 1 

Indiana Earl B. Forney 1204 Main St., Elwood 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin Box 307, Atlantic, Iowa. 50022 

Ireland James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, 17 Moleworth St., 

Dublin 2 

Kansas Chas. S. McGinness P.O. Box 1271, Topeka 66601 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey 694 New Circle Rd. N.E. Lexington, 

Kentucky 405-05 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 209, Mas. Temple, Alexandria, 

Louisiana, 71301 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temple, 415 Congress St.. 

Portland 04111 

Manitoba (G.S.E.) C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, 

Winnipeg 19 
Maryland D. Ross Vansant, Jr. 138 Spa View Ave.. Annapolis 21401 

Massachusetts Archie M. Simons 186 Tremont St., Boston, 02111 

Michigan Orlow J. Myers Masonic Temple, 133E Michigan 

Ave., Battle Creek. Mich. 49014 

Minnesota Emil A. Wold 4645 Ewing Ave. S (100). 

Minneapolis, 55410 

Mississippi Cecil A. Thorn ^.O. Box 1030 Meridian 

Missouri Bruce H. Hunt Box 188. Kirksville, 63501 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 218 So. Roberts St., Helena. 

MO. 59601 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen 201 Masonic Temple, 19th & Douglas 

Omaha 68102 

Netherlands H. B. S. Kriens Michelangelostraat 33hs, 

Juliana van Stolberglaan 225, 

The Hague 

Nevada C. A. Carlson, Jr 206 E. Telegraph St., Carson Citv. 

Nevada 89701 

New Brunswick G. J. Langell Box 103, Sussex 

New Hampshire Hiram W. Johnson ... 3 Highland Avenue, Antrim. 0344n 

New Jersey H. R. Pine «3 Irwin Place, Trenton, N.J. 08638 

New Mexico . Elmer H. Riemen Post Office Box 1375, Roswell. 88201 

New South Wales G. E. W. Salier Manchester Unity Building, 160 

(Australia) Castlereagh Street, Sydn-^ 

New York .... George A. Lambert Masonic Temple, New York, 10010 

New Zealand (G.S.EJ W. G. Webster Box 263, Auckland C.l 

North Carolina Chas. C. Ricker Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway. 

Asheville, N.C.. 28801 

North Dakota Delbert J. Miller Box 128 D. Devil's Lake, 58301 

Nova Scotia (Gr.-Sec.) H. F. Sipprell Box 322. Halifax 
Ohio Oliver H. Ormiston Box 27, Bartlett, 45713 


Oklahoma F. M. Lumbard Box 1037, Muskogee 74401 

Ontario (G.S.E.) R. J. Hamilton Room 514, Temple Bldg., Toronto 1 

Oregon T. Stanton Ford 2170 S. W. Taylors Ferry Road, 

Portland, Oregon 97219 

Pennsylvania ... Albert H. Connelly Masonic Temple, Broad and Filbert 

Streets, Philadelphia, 19107 

Philippines Antonio Gonzales Sr., . . c/o York Rite Bodies, 1440 San 

Marceline. Manila 

Quebec (G.S.E.) H. Wall Clarke 2295 St. Mark Street, Montreal 25 


Australia C. W. Coulter Box 425 F., G.P.O., Brisbane 

Rhode Island . . . Luther C. Homan 37 Austin Ave., Greenville, 02828 

Saskatchewan (G.S.E.) H. K. Halldorson 610 Bank of Canada Bldg., Regina 

Scotland Thomas McFarlane 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina . Hugh N. Layne 901 Palmetto State Life Building, 

Columbia 29201 

South Dakota . C. E. Buehler Box 366, Mitchell, 57301 


(Helvetia) H. O. Mauerhofer Box Transit 954, Berne 2 

Tennessee Wallace Phelan Douglas Box 216, Nashville, 37202 

Texas E. S. Winfree, Jr P.O. Box 296, Waco 76703 

Utah Paul B. Pickering Masonic Temple, 650 East South 

Temple St., Salt Lake City 84102 

Vermont D. Burleigh Smalley Jr. Masonic Temple, Box 443. 

Victoria, Burlington 05401 

Australia (G.S.E.) J. R. E. Attwood 164 Flinders St., Melbourne. 

CD . 3000 

Virginia Wilbur Applewhite ... Masonic Temple, 107 W. Broad St.. 

Richmond. 23220 

Washington Walter H. Steffey 2323 N.E. 127th St., Seattle. 98125 

Western Australia L. C. Wilson No. 6 Bank of N.S.W. Chambers, 

65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 
West Virginia . George V. Gorrell Room 608, Riley Law Bldg., 

14th & Chapline St., Wheeling 26003 

Wisconsin Earl B. Bauer Room 239, 225E. Michigan St., 

Milwaukee, Wise. 53202 

Wyoming ... Irving E. Clark Box 1311, Casper 


(M.M.M. Lodge) Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty Mark Masons' Hall, 40 Upper Brook 

Street, London W.l 




Committee on Award 90 


Members 85 

Report of Committee 85 

Scholarship and Bursaries 86 




Committee Report 91-95 


Committee on 109 

Report (see back of this book) Appendix 


Annual, Toronto 4 


Report 12-16 


DEMITS 117-119 




Committee 121 


Report 103 


Members 108 


Members 109 

Report of 93-96 


Auditor's Report 65-67 


Names and addresses 122 


Committee on 109 

Report of Committee 96-103 



Opening 7 

Call Off 103 

Call On 103 


Address 18 

Report of Committee on 75-77 

Visitations 19-22 


Elected 122 

Honorary 128 


List of 129 

Roll Call 17 


Election 81 


Names and addresses 131 


Report of 60 

Past Grand Scribes E 128 


Confirmation of Appointment 119 

Reports of 38-57 


Financial Statement 58 


Committee 109 

Report of Committee 74 



Committee on 109 

Report of Committee 73 



Confirmation 11 




Appointed 107-108 

Elected 109 




Past Grand First Principals 10 

Toronto Districts 11 

Presentation of Jewels 23-25 


Committee on 109 

Report 72 

REPORTS (Committee reports listed under Committee) 

Grand Scribe E 60-65 

Grand Superintendents 38 

Grand Treasurer 58 



Committee on 90 

Report of Committee 86 


Names and Addresses 125 





Financial Statement 69 


Committee on 109 

Report of Committee ., 73 




Alphabetically Arranged 


Alabama 5 

Alaska 6 

Alberta 6 

Arizona 6 

Arkansas 7 

British Columbia 7 

California 7 

Colorado 8 

Connecticut 8 

Delaware 9 

District of Columbia 9 

England 10 

Florida 11 

Georgia 11 

Idaho .... 12 

Illinois 12 

Iowa 13 

Ireland 13 

Kansas 14 

Louisiana 14 

Maine 15 

Manitoba 15 

Maryland 16 

Massachusetts 17 

Minnesota 17 

Montana 18 

Netherlands 18 

New Brunswick 19 


New Hampshire 19 

New Jersey 20 

New Mexico 20 

New South Wales 20 

New York 21 

New Zealand 22 

North Carolina 22 

North Dakota 23 

Nova Scotia 24 

Ohio 24 

Oklahoma 25 

Oregon 25 

Pennsylvania 26 

Quebec 26 

Rhode Island and Providence 

Plantations 27 

The Rhodesias 27 

Saskatchewan 28 

Scotland 28 

South Carolina 29 

South Dakota 29 

Tennessee 30 

Texas 30 

Utah 31 

Victoria (Australia) 31 

Washington 32 

West Virginia 33 

Wisconsin 34 


Annual Review of the Proceedings of Other Grand Chapters 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Companions of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions, 

On looking over the names of my "Illustrious Ancestors", on this, 
the preparation of this work of Reviewing the proceedings of so many 
Grand Chapters throughout the Universe; I approached the task with 
much trepidition and the hope and trust, that with the aid of the Grand 
Architect of the Domain of Mankind; I might at least copy the example 
of my predecessors. 

I have studied over seventy copies of Proceedings, of various York 
Rite Bodies, and with the exception of Great Britain, where the gains in 
membership, New Lodges (Craft), new Chapters, are almost beyond be- 
lief. However we must not overlook the impact of the various economic 
and social trends as shown by the history of Great Britain. During 
periods of severe austerity in this great land, the general reaction, to 
turn from one extreme to another. When prosperity smiled the theme is 
'let's live for today, and let tomorrow take care of itself. But when 
times are difficult there has been a turn to the Church, the Masonic 
Temple or some new fangled Religious cult. It is just possible that 
the present trend is caused by circumstances and may not be perman- 
ent. Time will tell. 

Ideas rule our world today. The masonic fraternity embodies the 
very ideas which can liberate man from the shackles of today's uneasi- 
ness. The ideas we have inherited, down through the ages of toil and 
history are, even in this era as new and fresh as eternal truth. We 
still have the opportunity — nay, perhaps a last chance — to lead the 
world out of our dark hours into a fairer dawn. 

The main causes of our grievous concern over membership losses 
are: deaths, suspensions for N.P.D., demits. However these are not the 
only points for concern. Serious thought and study has been given to 
the grievous fall off in attendance: for example it has been pointed out 
that many of the Chapters who show a very low percentage of the 
members in attendance compared with fifteen to twenty-five years 
ago; are Chapters which meet in Masonic Temples in what are now 
'Built Up' areas where parking is now very restricted. It must be re- 
membered that many of these large Temples house a good number of 
Craft Lodges, Royal Arch Chapters, and other branches of Masonry all 
of which suffer for the locality. In the U.S.A. this condition has been 
receiving serious study. 

All the Reports are not sad ones, however, some Grand Chapters 
show worthy gains; as already explained these gains are by Grand 
Chapters with a majority of their members in rural and agricultural 

The general concensus on the prime causes of losses are the stan- 
dard of officers being elected in some districts, where inattention to 
approved practice and procedure are neglected and also 'APATHY' pre- 
vails because of careless and faulty work. 

In one Grand Chapter twenty-one Chapters were suspended from 
degrees through inability of the officers. These Chapters were being 
taken in hand by the district Grand Lecturers and the various Masonic 
education Committees until such tme as the schooling of the officers 
reached efficiency. 


It seems that now enough work is being done by the various 
membership and publicity committees to encourage Master Masons to 
complete their degrees in Masonry by embracing the Supreme Degree 
of The Holy Royal Arch. 

As the great John Ruskin once said: — 

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three 
things are needed: They must be for it; They must not do too much 
of it; and they must have a sense of success in it." 

Companions let us work with our zealous might at our various 
Masonic duties. Royal Arch Masonry if properly portrayed and nur- 
tured can still be prosperous and progressive throughout our own 
Country and the rest of the world. 

Why should there be so many among us prepared to sit down and 
'push the panic button' while there are others who are willing to make 
great sacrifices to keep this great order of Freemasons, with the em- 
phasis on the 'FREE', where it belongs in the world and in the life 
of man? 

This old world of ours is going through one of the most disturb- 
ing and dangerous periods in the 'History of Mankind'; yet the Order 
of Freemasons still continues to hold up its gracious head, above all 
the cults and isms. We bow in reverence to the Almighty and place 
our trust and hopes in Him, The Great Architect, and ask that He 
may give us strength and courage to working towards advancing our 
great Masonic Craft to the pinnacle of success based on Brotherly 
Love, Faith, Friendship and Fidelity. 

And in Faith, Friendship and Fidelity may we ever dwell. 

Some twenty years after the persecuton by Diocletian, Constantine 
the Roman Emperor, wrote: — 

The eternal and divine goodness of our God which is past under- 
standing by no means permits the conditions of mankind to wander too 
long in darkness, nor does it allow the hateful wills of some men to 
prevail so long that it will not open afresh to them by its own most 
brilliant lights a road to salvation, nor grant to them conversion to 
the rule of righteousness. I know this full well from many examples. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 


Fraternal Correspondence and Reviewer. 


One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Annual Convocation. Dothan. Febru- 
ary 13th - 14th, 1966. 

The Committee on Masonry and Citizenship put forth the follow- 
ing question: — 

"How do we measure up? Have we done anything 
personally about Companion Governor George Wallace's 
November 1965, plea that Masons encourage the regis- 
tration of political voters that resulted in an Alabama 
Grand Lodge resolution which should have been read to 
each Lodge three times bv now? Have we actively sup- 
ported the good men who seek to serve us in public 
office or have we ourselves considered the service we 
might render our nation." 
The M.E. Grand High Priest, in his report, called for the Grand 
Chapter Grand Council and Grand Commandery, to hold their annual 
meetings jointly, this was approved. 

The Subordinate Chapters of this jurisdiction were well represented 
at this Convocation. 


Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alaska. 

Thirteenth Annual Convocation. 

Membership 523; Chapters 5; Net Gain for period — 4. 

Four Chapters were represented at the Grand Convocation. 

The Grand High Priest reported on his visits to all Chapters in 
the jurisdiction, with the main purpose of helping each where at all 
possible and to get to understand the various problems of each one 
better. The Grand Council was making a very strong effort to have the 
two Southern Chapters affiliate with the Grand Chapter. Their prob- 
lems are many in this vast area. 

The Jurisprudence Committee recommended: — 

"That the Proceedings of Grand Chapter Convocations be printed 

only on odd number years." 


Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta. 
Fifty-third Annual Convocation, Edmonton, Alberta, 13th May, 

There are thirty-three Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction. 
Presentation of Flags. The Flag ceremony was conducted by two 
Royal Canadian Mounted policemen in a very dignified ceremony, 
followed by the singing of the National Anthem of the U.S.A. and 
God Save the Queen, and then retired. 

From the Report of the Grand First Principal: — 
"Small attendances appear to be the chief concern of most of the 
Chapters, but the Chapters in the smaller isolated areas of this far- 
flung Province have members who live a long way from a Chapter 
hall, and during severe winter weather with hazardous road and driv- 
ing conditions it is not possible for many Companions to make the 
trip. Despite this, every effort is made to hold a convocation on the 
stated date by the dedicated members of our Royal Craft who have 
an inner enthusiasm which keeps their Chapter alive and as active 
as possible." 

The Reports of the several Grand Superintendents make very in- 
teresting and instructive reading. 

Total registered Membership at 31st December, 1965 — 3,779 
Total registered Membership at 31st December, 1966— 3,733 

Net Loss in Membership for the period 46 

The Death toll in this small jurisdiction 74 

which is very heavy. 


York Rite of Freemasonry Seventy-sixth Annual Convention, Ma- 
sonic Temple, Yuma. 

Grand Council 

Gerald K. Dungan: M.E. Grand High Priest 

Virgil W. Balzer: R.E. Grand King 

W. Dewey Marker: R.E. Grand Scribe 

Dwight E. Shannon: R.E. Grand Secretary, P.O. Box 206, Winslow 
86047, Arizona. 

In the Synopsis of Returns of Subordiante Chapters — Arizona Grand 
Chapter an overall gain of 55 members. 

This, as shown by the Financial Returns is a well organized Grand 
Chapter. The Financial Committee evidently keeps a very careful check 
on the Income and Expenditure in relation to a well planned Budget. 

There are ten Districts, and the Chapters in each district are guided 
in their operations and Ritual by a dedicated Deputy Lecturer. 


M.E. Elton Jones: Grand High Priest. 

This Grand Chapter, like many others, is very disturbed at the loss 
of membership; suspensions for non-payment of dues is the 'great dis- 
turber'. The Grand High Priest expresses his concern in the following 
excerpt from his address: — "In a time when the State is showing an in- 
crease in population, when most of our population is receiving higher 
wages, when general conditions are conducive to better informed citizens 
and more time to devote to activities of all kinds, we should be showing 
a definite increase each year rather than a loss. I can account this loss 
in only one way, apathy. Apathy on the part of the Officers and mem- 
bership generally over the State. We must elect competent officers 
and then give them one's wholehearted support, in the procurement of 
petitions, in the processing of the candidates and in the operation of the 
various phases of the work of the Chapter, only then can we hope to 

British Columbia 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia. 
Forty-ninth Annual Convocation, 20th June, 1967. 

Most Excellent Companion Lyman R. Gamey M.D., Grand First 

Report of their Bursary Fund makes very interesting reading. Their 
tribulations and difficulties are in the same category as shown by our 
experience in Ontario. 

Number of Chapters on the Roll 41 — Contributing to Bursary Fund 

A resolution of loyalty to the Queen was passed, and a letter of 
appreciation and thanks was ultimately received from the Palace on 
behalf of Her Majesty. 

Rt. Ex. Companion Frederick W. D. Welham, Grand J. (Ontario) 
represented Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch, Grand First 
Principal Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario, and gave a short but very intresting reply to the manner 
of his reception. 


One hundred and thirteenth Annual Convocation . 

Masonic Temple Sacramento, Monday and Tuesday, April 24th-25th, 

M.E. Grand High Priest, Phillip H. Mercier, 1967-1968. 

M.E. Theophile Louis DeBiscop— Grand High Priest, 1966-1967. 

"As to him who voluntarily performeth a good work, verily, God 
is grateful and knowing". 

During the past year a better and more cohesive program has 
been evolved. A cadre of interested Companions has brought much 
favourable publicity to our Chapters; Councils, Commanderies and Blue 
Lodges have also participated in the preliminary trials. 

The visitations and fraternal travels of the Grand High Priest 
throughout the year were very extensive and met with favourable 

Report of the Grand Secretary. Returns have been received from 


ALL of our one hundred and twenty-two Chapters and from these 

the following' statistics have been compiled: — 

Number of Members, December 31, 1965 33,321 

Exalted 736 

Affiliated and Transferred 165 

Restored 64 965 


Withdrawn 407 

Transferred 81 

Suspended for non-payment of dues 463 

Excluded 21 

Died 862 1,834 

Number of Members — December 31, 1966 32,452 

Less number of Members whose dues were remitted .... 654 

Number of Members for whom per Capital Tax was paid 31,798 
Gain: 965; Loss: 1,834; Net Loss: 869. 

Of the one hundred and twenty-two Chapters in the Jurisdiction; 
all but four were represented. 

It is noted with sad regret that the loss to the Grand Reaper was 
862 Members. 


The Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 

William H. Thornley, Jr.: Grand High Priest. 

According to the Report of the Grand High Priest, this Grand 
Chapter seems to be having its troubles. 


"One of our greatest losses in membership is through suspensions 
for non-payment of dues; at my request the Grand Secretary re- 
quested each Chapter in Colorado to submit to his office a list of those 
who could be suspended. Most of the Chapters cooperated, there were, 
however, six Chapters who saw fit to disregard three letters to them. 
I sent a personal letter to each Companion who was liable for suspen- 
sion this year, over 170, the results far exceeded my fondest expecta- 
tions. A copy of this letter is attached to this report." 

"Again this year our Grand Chapter shows a loss in membership. 
This loss, I feel, can be attributed to three things: — 

(1) Poor work and lack of activities. 

(2) General decline of the fraternity; and 

(3) Apathy. 

The letter sent by the Grand High Priest to delinquent members, 
amounted to an appeal to such member to state his case as to why he 
was in arrears, and that possibly some arrangement could be made. 


The one hundred and sixty ninth Annual Convocation. City of Hart- 
ford, Saturday, May 20, A.D. 1967. 

M.E. Jay Cornelius Coevering — Grand High Priest, 1967. 

From the list of Distinguished Visitors Received; 

From the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 


M.E. Comp. Stanley Portch, Grand Z. 

Number of subordinate Chapters 45 — Represented 43. 

The visits of the Grand High Priest were many and very extensive. 

In this Grand Chapter the incumbent of each office makes his own 
separate Report to Grand Chapter. 

However there were losses by death of 261 Royal Arch Masons. 

The Editor of The Royal Arch Mason Magazine was complimented 
by the Grand High Priest for a job well done. 

Returns show a net loss for the year of 280 members. 

The Committee on Ritual gave a very decisive ruling on the giv- 
ing of Honors; "To who, when and how accorded". This is very in- 

The Report of the Committee on Financial Reports of Constituent 
Chapters. This gives a very fine analyses of the classification of the 
Financial status of all the Chapters by groups. 

A. Chapters whosie receipts from dues and assessments are suf- 
ficient to meet all expenses. 

B. Chapters whose expenses require the use of fees for degrees 
in addition to dues and assessments. 

C. Chapters whose expenses exceed all receipts from dues, as- 
sessments and fees for degrees, and require the use of other funds. 


Ninety-ninth Annual Grand Convocation, 21st January, 1967. 

M. E. Grand High Priest, Chester G. Dahlstrom. 

M. E. Grand Secretary, Raymond A. Howard. 

The Triennial of the General Grand Chapter was held in Boston, 
Mass., l€th, 11th, 12th and 13th October, 1966. 

Representing the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware 
were Most Excellent Companions William H. Cantwell, Powell E. Craig 
and Samuel A. Wise Past Grand High Priests and the Ruling Grand 
High Priest. 

Report on Conditions of the Rite: — "It is indeed with great plea- 
sre that I can say Capitular Masonry in Delaware has made signifi- 
cant progress this past year. The outstanding event is the start of a 
new Chapter, the first in 45 years, which under the able direction and 
hard work Ex. Comp. Flumerfelt and his Officers have made an im- 
pressive first year beginning." 

Membership at beginning of the year — 944 

Membership at end of the year 917 

Net loss for period 27 

Report of Historian. "Masonry should inspire us to make an 
earnest and sincere effort to practice, in our daily lives and conduct, 
the moral precepts which permeate its teachings. This develops Char- 
acter and it is Character alone that will be tied by the Overseer's 
square when the last chapter of our life's history is written and the 
book is closed. World possessions, position and power will vanish. 
Character alone endures." 

District of Columbia 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation. The Masonic Temple, 
Washington, D.C. February 11, 1967. William H. Minnick, Grand High 
Priest, 1966. Edward S. Paylor, Grand High Priest, Elected for 1967. 

The losses in membership during the past year have been substan- 
tially greater than in the preceding year, as shown by the following 


Members December 31, 1965, 3,352; Exalted, 49; Affiliated, 5; Re- 
instated 16; Total to be accounted for 3,422. 

Withdrawn 36; Died 122; Dropped N.P.D. 57; Number of members 
December 31, 1966, 3,207. 

Net loss in membership, 145; number of Chapters, 8. Among the 
losses sustained were six Past High Priests and one King. 

The following extract from the Report of The Grand Lecturer is 

From February 12, 1966 to date, 79 visits were made to the various 
Chapters, and sixteen Sessions of the "School of Instruction" were held; 
tabulation of which are attached. 

Attendance at the School was very poor, but an effort was made at 
each Session to assist those who were interested enough to attend. On 
two occasions there were enough in attendance to fill the station. 

A great effort is being made to establish a complete cooperation 
among all the local York Rite Bodies. 

Among the visitors present were Representatives from many of the 
Grand Chapters of the Sister States. 

Many Fraternal Visits were made by the Grand High Priest to sister 

United Grand Lodge and Supreme Grand Chapter of England 

Despite the adverse economic conditions and all the restrictions; and 
the serious world conditions this Grand Old Mother Lodge and Chapter 
continue to show a steady and unbelievable increase in new Lodges and 
Chapters. Also major increases in Membership. 

The speech made by the Duke of Kent after his Installation as 
Grand Master is most interesting; worthy of careful thought. The 
following is very interesting: — "His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent 

'Brethren, it is with very real feelings of emotion that I rise to 
thank not only those who have just, spoken words of congratulation, 
encouragement, and advice, but all of you, Brethren, whose presence 
here is a token of the enthusiasm felt for our Order by some half a 
million members of the English Constitution. Many have travelled con- 
siderable distances to attend this meeting by sea, land and air, for ours 
is an Institution which is still world-wide. Many more, I fear, have 
been disappointed in that the inelasticity of this building has prevented 
their attendance, though I doubt myself whether any other building 
exists that is so well suited for purposes of this kind, nor can there be 
any in which so many great Masonic functions have been held in the 
100 years since my great, great grandmother laid its foundation stone. 
You will all, I feel sure, sympathize with me in the hope that it will be a 
number of years before another function of the same type is called for.' 

'What about the third principle, Truth? It is equally as important 
as the other two, but is seldom defined, and I fear not practised as much 
as it used to be. As we enter this new era, can we not dedicate our- 
selves to the pursuit of truth and sincerity which in many respects is 
its equivalent? The original Grand Master whom we commemorate 
and whom, according to our ritual, I represent, wrote many wise words 
in the Book of Proverbs, but none define the real Mason so adequately 
as what his father wrote in the Fifteenth Psalm. If we, as individuals, 
can uphold these standards, and if our United Grand Lodge of England 
can maintain them, we shall make a real contribution to that grand 
design which does not consist only of being happy and communicating 
happiness but, under God, of making the world in which we live a better 
place not only for our own but for succeeding generations'." 



One Hundred and Twentieth Annual Convocation. Miami, May 17, 
1967. Lofton Dee Chiles, Grand High Priest, presiding. James Wesley 
MacDonald, Grand High Priest Elected, 1967-1968. 

Forty-five Representatives for other Sister Jurisdictions answered 
the roll. 

The following Proclamation by the Grand High Priest, is very in- 

Whereas, the cardinal principals of all Free and Accepted Masons 
is a firm belief in the Supreme Being, the Brotherhood of Man, the 
Fatherhood of God and the Immortality of the Soul, which principles are 
emphasized in all of the degrees in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and 

Whereas, it is the belief of the Grand High Priest of Florida that 
all Royal Arch Masons, wherever dispersed, shall annually proclaim their 
belief in the fundamental tenets of our Fraternity by setting apart a 
day to be known as "Religious Affirmation Day". 

The Grand High Priest in concluding his Report, remarks on the 
condition of the craft, pointing out the large number of Suspensions for 
N.P.D., noting that some of the Chapters are well organized, their pro- 
grams well planned and they are making progress; while others are led 
by apathy or indifference. The only way to success is a well planned, 
dedicated and sincere effort by teamwork. 

Total Membership at end of year 1965, 9,623; additions during the 
year, 483; total, 10,106; total deductions during the year 1966, 585; 
total Membership at end of year 1966, 9,521; net loss for year, 102. 

The Reports of the various Committees are very interesting, and 
show a great light on the condition of Capitular Masonry in the State 
of Florida. 


One Hundred and Forty-fifth Annual Convocation, Macon, April 
19, 20, 1967. Joseph Robert Richardson, Grand High Priest. 

Silver Keys to the City of Macon were presented to the Grand High 
Priest of the Grand Chapter of Georgia and to the Most Illustrious 
Grand Master of the Grand Council of Georgia, by the Hon. B. F. Mer- 
ritt Jr., Mayor of the City of Macon. 

Thirteen District Deputies are listed of which eleven were present. 

The Subordinate Chapters were well represented at this Convocation. 

Several Dignitories from other Masonic Bodies v/ere present and 
given recognition. 

In his Report the Grand High Priest reports the great extent of 
his visitations during his term of office travelling 16,078 miles within 
the State of Georgia. 

Paul H. Ponder, Most Worshipful Grand Master, Grand Lodge of 
Georgia, was presented, and in his address he stated, that there are over 
ninety-seven thousand Masons in the State of Georgia. He also sug- 
gested that instead of arguing and debating on the various problems of 
Masonry, the tenets of Masonry should be followed as has been said, 
"one man living a brotherly life is worth a thousand lectures on Brother- 

We can turn out thousands of card carrying Masons, but let us pray 
and truly work toward impressing and making great souls out of them 
to become the leaders of the future and all Masonry will move forward 
to greater heights than ever before. 

Number of chartered Chapters, 129; Membership December 31, 1965, 
26,332; December 31, 1966, 26,320; net loss, 12. 


373 Companions have been called to the Celestial Lodge above, 
during the year. As we pause to do honor to our departed Companions, 
may we be again reminded of the shortness of life and the uncertainty 
of its continuance, and be inspired by their examples to labor well and 
to present work that shall pass the Grand Overseer's Square. 

Grand Master Bowles of Florida was recognized and spoke briefly, 
bringing greetings from his Grand Jurisdiction. 

The Report of the Grand Custodian makes very interesting reading 
with regards to the condition of the work existing in the Constituent 


Fifty-ninth Annual Convocation, May 24th and 25th, 1967. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Idaho. 

Most Excellent Companion Merlin B. Williams, Grand High Priest 

Death has taken a very heavy toll of the membership of the Subor- 
dinate Chapters 509c of a loss of 60 members. 

The Grand High Priest of 1966-67, M. E. Floyd Bandy, during his 
term of office visited every Chapter in the Jurisdiction. 

A very interesting Resolution (no. 3) was passed; censuring The 
Royal Arch Mason Magazine for not adhering to past established prac- 
tices of policy in publishing articles not of the highest factual quality. 
Copies of this Resolution were sent to all Grand Chapters throughout 
the United States and to The Royal Arch Mason Magazine. 

The following is from the Report of the Grand Historian: — 
"People outside our York Rite do not know of the fine work we are 
doing, nor can they know unless we tell them by way of the Press. 
The press cannot publish news and meeting notices unless they are 
informed. We blame our local papers for lack of lodge news, but is it 
their fault. Do we call the paper, asking them to publish notices of 
our meetings and after such meeting do we call them giving them 
information regarding our meeting, who the candidates were and 
other information interesting to the public." 


One Hundred and Eighteenth Annual Convocation, Chicago, March 
17-18, 1967. 

Charles W. Bradley, M.E. Grand High Priest, 1966-1967. 

Ralph G. Larsen, M.E. Grand High Priest Elect, 1967-1968. 

Presentation of Colors was conducted by Representatives DeMolay 
and Order of Builders. 

In the opening Ceremony a very impressive prayer was invoked by 
the Grand Chaplain. 

There was a very fine array of guests introduced. They formed an 
excellent representation from Sister Grand Jurisdictions. 

One hundred and sixty, Fifty-year Certificates and pins, were pre- 
sented during the year. 

From the Report of the Deputy Grand High Priest: 

From the reports of one hundred and forty-three Chapters, I found 
the following: Five hundred and seventy-nine exaltations, five hundred 
and sixty-five deaths and two hundred and twenty-nine suspensions. This 
latter figure must be of concern to us. We must expend a little more 
time to prevent suspensions and reinstate wherever possible. We owe 
this to those of our members who have already learned our lessons and 
have been imbued with our teachings, morals and philosophies. It seems 


to me that this would take a lot less effort than that expended on a new 

Chartered Chapters, 165; Vacant, 115. Membership December 31, 1965, 
26,885; Total loss for year, 510; Total Membership December 31, 1966, 


One hundred and eleventh Annual Convocation — Thursday, April 
13, 1967. 

Edward P. Powers — Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Presiding. 

At the appointed hour Three Hundred Members with their ladies 
and guests assembled in the Chapter Room which was beautifully 
decorated with the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put 
a soul into— FLOWERS. 

James P. Irish — Most Excellent Grand High Priest Elect. 

Prayer: Most Holy Lord God, Father of all, we thank Thee that 
Thou hast brought us safely together. Endow our minds with strength 
fit for the tasks ahead of us; for without Thee we are mere creatures 
of chance yet with Thee we are men of destiny, high in calibre and 
character. Bless each of us as we conduct the affairs of the Grand 
Chapter, and may our actions and decisions prove acceptable to Thee. 
All of which we ask in Thy name. 

The Representatives of Sister Jurisdictions were received in ap- 
proved form. 

From the Address of the Grand High Priest: — I give to you what 
I believe to be an obvious fact of life — "The kind of a man you are 
depends upon the convictions that govern your life and actions". Not 
the colour of your skin. Not where you were born. Not your wealth. 
Not your education. But the principles and ideals that govern your 
behavior. Masonry with the Church lifts its clear voice, proclaiming 
this to the world. Our great lessons of honesty — respect for the pro- 
perty of others; our reverence for and belief in the Supreme Being — 
our reliance upon the principles found in the pages of our Holy Bible 
and the extent to which we believe and are governed by such lessons 
determine the men we are. 

During the year three hundrd and thirty members passed to the 
Grand Chapter above. 

A slight loss in membership was recorded for the year. 

During the year the Grand High Priest paid many visits within the 
Grand Jurisdiction, and also through many sister Grand Districts. 

Sixty five Chapters were represented — Twenty two Chapters 
were not represented. 

The American Flag and the New Canadian Flag were presented 
by Malta Commandery in full regalia. 


Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland annual report 1967. 
M.E. & S. Grand King Sydney Hanna. 

It is most encouraging to read the reports from the various Districts 
and to know everything is going smoothly and that Royal Arch Masonry 
in Ireland is holding its own. 

This is entirely due to the unceasing work of the District Grand 
Kings and their Officers in the District Grand Chapters and I am very 
grateful for their continued enthusiasm. 

The Masonic occasion of the year was the celebration of the 150th 
Anniversary of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, and I had 
the privilege, accompanied by the M.E. District Grand King of Down, 


and our R.E. Grand Registrar and R.E. Grand Treasurer of attending. 
It was a great pleasure for me to convey your congratulations to our 
Scottish Companions and to hand over an Irish Silver potato ring as a 
token of our affection, with the wish "Lang may your lum reek". 

Very Extensive Chapters of Instruction are held in each of the 
Grand Districts. These are well attended and seem to be making great 
progress towards uniformity of procedure, and are creating a very valu- 
able fraternal and social relationship among the various subordinate 
District Chapters. 


Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kansas. 

One Hundred and first Annual Convocation — March 7th and 8th, 

Most Excellent Robert M. Riley, Grand High Priest. 

There were present many distinguished guests from the various 
orders of Masonry. 

In his address The Grand High Priest said:- — "It is somewhat dis- 
couraging to be forced to report a loss of membership year after year. 
And though this is a general trend in all branches of Masonry in the 
whole of our Nation, yet it is no consolation to our Grand Chapter 
and certainly not to your present Grand High Priest. 

If members are to be the sole basis for success then this has been 
a most unsuccessful year for we had a net loss of 158 members. This is 
sixteen more than for 1964. While we did not exalt as many companions 
the one bright spot is that there were sixty-eight less suspensions than 
in 1964. However I do not consider numbers to be the only basis for 
judging success." 

The Grand High Priest proceeded to explain that during his many 
visits all over the state, that he met many industrious members and 
also a number of Chapters who showed enthusiasm which had led to 
much progress and good companionship. 

His message and expressive theme was: — "But let not the thought 
of the close of our labour dominate us, but rather let each companion 
give thought and care to the task assigned for the day. So shall each 
day be fruitful of good results, and whenever the task is finished it 
will be complete; and in the presence of that Supreme High Priest 
which is the Mason's God there will await us that peace which fadeth 
not away." 


120th Annual Convocation. Alexandria, Louisiana. March 12, 13, 14, 

Lloyd Grady Wilder, Grand High Priest, 1967. 

Ten District Deputies were assembled about the Altar. Thanked 
by the G.H.P. and then accorded Grand Honours. 

59 Chapters were represented. 4 Chapters not represented. 

From the address of the Grand High Priest: — 

It is a distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our dis- 
tinguished guests from other Grand Jurisdictions who are visiting 
with us. We trust you will enjoy your stay with us and that when you 
return home you will carry with you our best wishes and warm fra- 
ternal greetings to your Companions. 

The only sickness our Craft is suffering from is namely Compla- 
cency, which is allowed to exist will soon develop into Defeatism. 

Purposeful living comes with developing talents, character and 
opportunity and in accepting real responsibility with reverence and 


The visitations were very comprehensive within and without the 
Grand Jurisdiction of Louisiana, by the Grand High Priest. 

Net lo=s of Memberhip for the year was 88. 

Passed to the Grand Chapter Above — 203. 

A complete and comprehensive list of all members, Past High 
Priests and Officers of the Constituent Chapters is recorded in the 


One Hundred and Forty-second Annual Convocation. 

The Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine met in 
The Masonic Temple, at Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, May 2, 1967. M.E. 
George E. Pushing, presiding. 

M.E. Robley C. Wilson, Grand High Priest Elected and Installed. 

There were many Distinguished Guests from various Sister Grand 

It was called to everyone's attention that for the first time in the 
memory of most, the Triennial Session of the General Grand Chapter 
was held in Boston, Massachusetts, from October 9th to 13th, inclusive. 

What was originally intended as a routine visit of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Maine to the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick, has now blos- 
somed into an annual affair. 

The visitations of the Grand High Priest were many and diversified. 

On the Report of the condition of the Fraternity the order is again 
troubled by a net loss in membership of 200 Companions. Membership 
loss by death was 275. Exaltations were 245. 

The Report of the Deputy Grand High Priest on his findings on his 
visits to the several constituent Chapters is very interesting. 

The experience of the Grand High King on his visits follow very 
much along the same pattern. 

From the Report of the Grand Lecturer: Eleven Chapter Schools of 
Instruction were held. The average attendance held its own, the records 
show that 25 Chapters were not represented at a school this year. It is 
hoped that these Chapters will make a special effort to attend a school 
next fall. 

Membership at March 1, 1967: Forty-five Chapters show a loss; 
sixteen a gain; and five the same membership. Loss 200 as stated 

M.E. Stanley F. Maxwell, General Grand Master of the 2nd Veil 
and personal representative of the General Grand High Priest, M.E. 
Sprague Hanna Carter, brought greetings and addressed the Companions 
on pertinent matters being considered and pending in the General Grand 
Chapter, International. 


44th Annual Convocation, Winnipeg, 8th February, 1967. Grand 
First Principal M. Ex. Comp Wilford Nelson Citton, Grand Z., 1967. 

The Grand Chapter was received by W. Bro. Alderman L. H. Clayton, 
Deputy acting Mayor of Winnipeg. 

Grand Chapter was also welcomed and received by the representative 
of the Premier of the Province of Manitoba. 

The Flags of Canada and the United States of America were pre- 
sented in a colourful ceremony by Companion Staff Sergeant T. Brue 
and Companion Sergeant H. Steer of the Royal Canadian Mounted 
Police. The assembled companions then sang one verse each of: 


From the address of THE GRAND MASTER: 

Dwight L. Smith, past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, 
in his booklet "Whither Are We Travelling" sums up his views under 
ten headings which I have condensed as follows: 

1. There is a very real need for many more good leaders. 

2. There should be more care in selection of candidates. 

3. We have made Masonry too cheap; our fees are ridiculously low. 

4. Too many city lodges are too big to be effective. 

5. Too much attention is> being devoted to concordant off-shoot bodies. 

6. We do not practice personal charity but give as a group sometimes 
by an automatic levy per member. 

7. We do not make the most effective use of the refreshment period. 

8. We do not give significant instruction beyond that contained in the 

9. We have lowered standards of work and instruction in our lodges. 
10. We waste our energies on programmes which do not produce results. 

M. Wor. Bro. Smith expresses himself with conviction and to quote 
him "Calls a Spade, a Spade". His arguments are forceful and difficult 
to refute and their application to our Craft Lodges and to your Chapters 
certainly merits serious consideration. 

The visits of the Grand First Principal were very extensive. The 
Chapters received the Grand Z. with great warmth and enthusiasm. 

The visit of the Grand Z. of Manitoba to Grand Chapter of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario; held in Toronto, Ontario. Had a tremendous 
reception and was impressed with the great dignity and efficiency of the 

Present in the East as distinguished visitors, all Royal Arch Masons, 
were: The M.W. the Grand Master of A.F. & A.M., the head of the 
Scottish Rite 33rd Degree of Canada, the head of the Sovereign Great 
Priory of Canada, and the Grand Master of the Cryptic Rite. 


Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Maryland 170th Annual Con- 
vocation, 9th May, 1967. M.E. Grand High Priest 1966-1967— Rocco 
Bernard; M.E. Grand High Priest 1967-1968— Robert K. Coulby. 

This Grand Chapter suffered very heavy losses to the Grand Chapter 
above. Eighteen Past High Priests and 182 other Companions. 
"Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in 
God, believe also in me. In my Father's house 
are many mansions: if it were not so, I would 
have told you. I go to prepare a place for 

Very active Summer Schools of Instruction are conducted. These 
are very well attended and are most successful in their purpose. 

A good number of Companions who have been Royal Arch Masons 
for more than 50 years were recommended for their 50 year pins. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent is Grand Representative of Maryland 
near the Grand Chapter of Ontario, Canada. 

From the Report of the Grand Lecturer: 

Following our usual custom, Chapters of Instruction are held twice 
a month from September to May in Baltimore and every week during 
the Summer at various points around the State. A pattern appears to 
have developed at the Winter schools, when those attending are mainly 
from the Chapter exemplifying the Degree. The picture is entirely dif- 
ferent during the Summer schools. No other Masonic Bodies are meet- 
ing which would require the attendance of the Officers of Chapters, 
consequently the average attendance at the schools held around the 


State was 67. The largest number present was 74, with 14 Chapters 
represented, and the smallest number was 60, with 15 Chapters repre- 

For their attendance at Summer Chapter of Instruction a number of 
Companions earned Certificates. 


M.E. Archie M. Simons: Grand High Priest. 

From the Report of the M.E. Grand High Priest: 

"A summary of the petitions received for the first quarter of the 
fiscal year indicate that we are doing about the same as we did for 
the same period in the previous year. This is not good enough. We 
must increase our efforts to procure new members if we are to stay 
alive. New members are needed, to replace those lost each year through 
deaths, demits, and suspensions. New members are needed to help keep 
us solvent and a going concern to help defray the operating expenses 
of each individual Chapter." 

The Grand High Priest, also remarked at some length about the 
"detached Masons" who are members only in name, and do nothing to 
promote the craft, and may only have become members 'out of idle 

"Today more than ever before in the history of our civilization, our 
world needs the influence of men of good will, banded together in a 
common cause, to promote brotherly love, relief, and truth in a troubled 

How wisely and truly expressed! 


One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation. Detroit Lakes Temple, 
Minnesota., October 6th and 7th, 1967. 

M.E.C. Louis B. Chase Grand High Priest presiding. 

M.E.C. Glen C. Jones, Grand High Priest Elected and Installed. 

The General Grand High Priest Most Excellent Companion Sprague 
H. Carter was presented and graciously welcomed, after which he 
assumed the gavel and gave a short but very inspiring address. 

The Representative of the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother 
Harvard B. Olsen was presented and after receiving welcome and Honors, 
extended the greetings of 66,234 Blue Lodge Masons of Minnesota. 

A very warm and heartfelt greeting and welcome was extended by 
His Honor Kent M. Freeman, Mayor of Detroit Lakes. 

Sessions were held on behalf of the Order of High Priesthood, and 
the Order of DeMolay. 

From the Report of the Grand Secretary: Returns (5 Chapters Miss- 
ing) : Membership September 1, 1966, 14,629; Exalted (66 Chapters), 
255; Joined, 15; Restored, 23; Total Gains, 293; Gains, 14,922. 

Losses: Withdrawn, 111; Stricken, 140; Died, 364; Total losses, 615; 
Total, 14,307. 

Net Loss for period, 322; net loss for period ended September 1, 1966, 

The Grand Lecturer in his Report stresses the fact that there are 
66,234 Blue Lodge Masons yet there are only 14,307 Royal Arch Masons, 
which would point out the fact that there can not be much inducement 
put forth to procure more members for the Royal Arch Chapters, and 
something should be done to rectify this condition. 

In his speech The General Grand High Priest emphasized the fact 
that: Without the Royal Arch, the Master's Degree is like a song half 
sung, a tale partly told, or a promise unfulfilled. 


The Reports of the various Committees have been very studiously 
prepared and make interesting study. 

A very comprehensive summary is given of all Chapters and the 


Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation, Bozeman, June 7, 1967. 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Claud E. Carlson. 

The Seventy Eighth Annual Convocation of the M.E. Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Montana was held in the 
Masonic Temple in Bozeman, Montana, June 7, 1967. 

His Honor the Mayor of Bozeman, Companion Edward P. Sedivy, 
a Member of Zona Chapter in that City, then extended a most cordial 
welcome to the Grand Chapter. 

The General Grand High Priest M.E. Companion Spague Hanna 
Carter of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Inter- 
national was received and accorded the Grand Honours due his Rank. 

The General Grand High Priest then delivered a very inspiring 
and instructive address from which I quote: — 

Men must continually challenge the darkness, lest the hope of a 
new morning be lost. Freemasonry, a venerable antagonist of darkness 
muslt be vitally concerned with the shadows of night. We must ask our 
watchman, for problems threaten and our enemies attack us in the 
great tenets of our fraternity, for these tenets must become the beacon 
light of humanity. Of all the problems of Freemasonry, one out- 
weighs all others. Ask the watchman of the night. One answer he is 
sure to return. We see two newly raised Masons closing the door on 
their Masonic friends. What the watchman tells us, is in fact too often 
observed. It is for us to question in our moment of history, what made 
them close the door? Some have tried to put this question aside. After 
all it is a new problem. It may be growing, but it has always been 
with us. We might observe that Masonry does not appeal to every- 
one. We make some and lose others. We can assert there will be a 
faithful nucleus to keep the light flickering until better times. 

He discussed at great length the youth and the present world 
conditions of unrest, distrust and the attitude of mankind in general 
throughout the world, in this day and age. 

The Reports of the various offices and Committees are very com- 
prehensive. The net loss in Membership for the year was thirty-six. 

A great deal of work has been done towards close coordination 
among the various York Rite Bodies in the State. 

One hundred and fifteen Members passed to the Grand Chapter 
above during the year. 

A complete Roster of the Members by Chapters is given in the 

The Netherlands 

Grand Annual Convocation, 1st July, 1967. 

Grand First Principal, Prof. Dr. J. Kok. 

Grand Scribe E., K. L. Jacobs, Amsterdam. 

South Africa Grand Chapter which was under the jurisdiction of 
the Netherlands has now founded its own Grand Chapter. The Grand 
Chapter of South Africa consists of three Africander Chapters, but 
is preparing to increase on this number. 

The Netherlands Constitution consists of fifteen Subsidiary Chap- 
ters with membership of these Chapters ranging from twenty-two to 
one hundred and thirty-seven members, the total membership being 


1,113 in all. This excludes the South Africa Grand Chapter member- 
ship. The Netherlands Grand Chapter is very well represented on the 
North American Continent. 

The Names and addesses of all Members of the constituent Chap- 
ters are meticulously listed in the Proceedings; under the name of 
each Chapter. The names of all members are also listed alphabetically 
showing their Rank and Registration number, also the Number of their 
Chapter on the Grand Register. 

The Report of the Grand First Principal is not recorded in the 

New Brunswick 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick. 

Grand First Principal: M. Ex. George B. Pearson. 

Grand Scribe E.: M. Ex. George J. Langell. 

Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch, Grand First Principal 
of Ontario Grand Chapter was appointed an Honorary Member of the 
Grand Chapter of New Brunswick (1963). The address by the Grand 
Chaplin under the heading: — 


Contained several passages which should appeal to thoughtful 
people: — 

"Masonry today, like all other institutions, can scarcely be said to 
be enjoying unusual prosperity. — The Church is facing the future with 
growing uneasiness and in some instances with real panic. There is a 
crisis in Education and in Government and in fact in all human institu- 
tions of today, Masonry is not exempt from this threatening and dis- 
turbing process." 

New Hampshire 

The One Hundred and forty-eighth Annual Convocation. 

Held at Concord— Saturday, May 13, 1967. 

M.E. Francis L. Plaisted — Grand High Priest. 

A representative number of Past Grand High Priests were pre- 

Twenty six Chapters were represented. 

A large number of Distinguished Guests from sister Chapters 
in the U.S.A. and Canada were present, and the following is worthy 
of note. 

Grand Chapter of Canada: M.E. Stanley Portch, Grand First Prin- 
cipal of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario, pre- 
sented by M.E. George D. Goodhue, P.G.H.P.. 

Our Grand Z is very popular here; as he is everywhere 

The Flag of the United States of America was presented at the 
Altar by the Grand Captain of the Host and the Companions united in 
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The Canadian Flag was on dis- 
play in the East. 

From the Address of The Grand High Priest we learn of the pass- 
ing to The Great Beyond, of Five Past Grand High Priests in the year 
(1966-1967) under review. 

For this year of 1966 to 1967, let us pause to pay our respects to 
our Companions who have finished bringing up their work for inspec- 
tion and are now presenting it to the Grand Master Overseer of all. 
They continue their work on the great temple, in the city of God. For 
them it may be their greatest triumph. 

The Reports of the various Committees are most interesting and 
provide a good insight of the general workings of this Grand body. 


Number of Chapters on the Roll 26. 

Membership April 1, 1966—3,164; April 1, 1967—3,080, Net Loss 

Great efforts were made throughout the Grand Jurisdiction, to 
promote interest in Membership; despite this the above loss was in- 
curred. However it must be noted that Deaths exceeded the exaltations. 

A fairly large number of Forty Year Buttons were presented dur- 
ing the year. 

State of New Jersey 

One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convention. M.E. Comp. George 
W. Grant G.H.P. 

Most Excellent Companion Stanley Portch, First Grand Principal, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province of 
Ontario, was presented by Right Excellent Companion Kenneth F. 
Cruickshanks their Grand Representative. 

Grand Chapter Pledged Allegiance to the flag of our country. A 
stanza of 'America" and a stanza of "God Save the Queen" were sung. 

New Jersey Conference for Masonic Union 

Never in the history of our fraternity has unity of purpose and 
corelation of endeavours among the co-ordinate bodies which comprise 
our great Masonic structure been so essential as at the present time. 

Many Chapters of Instruction are regularly held in each of the 
thirteen Districts. 

Condition of the Rite. 

Our ancestors have bequeathed t. us a rich heritage which they 
had built through earnest endeavour prompted by a sincere love of the 
institution and a high regard for its principles. My Companions, we 
have this rich possession; shall we prize it and help to retain it or shall 
we, through lethergy, allow it to slip into oblivion? 

New Mexico 

Seventieth Annual Convocation. Las Vegas, May 15th, 1967. 

Joe D. Vasquez, Grand High Priest. 

Roy V. Tyner, Grand High Priest Elected. 

Prayer: Almighty and most gracious Lord, Great High Priest and 
Architect of the Universe, we implore Thy blessing upon the Officers 
and Companions of this Grand Chapter as we join together in the 
work and companionship of this Grand Convocation. Direct us in all 
our doings with Thy most gracious favor, that all our efforts may 
redound to the Glory of Thy Holy Name. 

All of the Constituent Chapters in the Jurisdiction were visited 
by the Grand High Priest during his year of Office. 

The net loss of Membership for the period was 86. 

Loss to the Grand Chapter Above 53 including two Past Grand 
High Priests. 

New South Wales 

Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New South 
Wales. Summary of Proceedings for the Years 1966 and 1967. 

First Grand Principal (Z.) M. Ex. Comp. G. R. Mallam. 

Foundation. The Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of New South Wales was established in the year 1889, from those Eng- 
lish Chapters left unattached after the formation of the United Grand 
Lodge of New South Wales. The Ritual adopted with minor variations, 
and still being worked, is that of the English Constitution. 


Constituent Chapters. The number of Chapters under the jurisdic- 
tion of the Grand Chapter is 109. For administrative purposes, these 
are grouped into 28 districts with a Grand District Inspector of Work- 
ings in charge of each District; he is responsible to the First Grand 
Principal, and Grand Chapter for the proper conduct of his District. 

The total Membership of the Order at the present time in New 
South Wales is 5,943 and included in this number are the following: 
Members of Grand Chapter, 1,967; Officers, Past and Present of G.C., 

The Committee on Ritual is considered a very active and useful 
adjunct to the Grand Chapter. 

A Chapter of Research and Instruction has recently been establish- 
ed; at quarterly meetings lectures on the Order are delivered. 

The Report of The Grand Inspector of Workings is made to the 
Grand Committee quarterly. These Reports are very comprehensive 
and reveal a very interesting explanation of the work being done in the 
various Districts and Chapters pointing out the strong points and weak- 
nesses to be remedied in the various working of the Degrees and Chapter 

The Report on Fraternal Correspondence follows the usual pattern 
followed by many of the Grand Chapters of the U.S.A. 

The manner of Nominations for Grand Chapter Offices is very 

Election and Tenure of Office: All Officers are Elective with the 
exception of Deputy Grand First Principal and the Grand Director of 
Ceremonies, both of whom are appointed by the First Grand Principal. 
The Grand District Inspectors of Workings are also elected by Grand 
Chapter, on the recommendation of the Grand Committee their term of 
Office being two years. The Grand Scribe Ezra is also elected by Grand 
Chapter on the recommendation of the Grand Committee and remains 
in office at the pleasure of Grand Chapter. 

The President of the Grand Chapter Committee reports to the 
Quarterly Meetings of Grand Chapter, on the general workings for the 

On the Report of 12th July, 1967, it is reported that copies of the 
proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ontario 
were received. 

State of New York 

One Hundred and Seventieth Annual Convocation, Masonic Temple, 
Albany, N.Y., February 2nd and 3rd, 1967. 

There was a very good representation from the constituent Chapters 
of the Grand Jurisdiction. 

From the Memorial Message of the Grand Chaplain: 

Let anyone meditate upon the soul which he calls his own; and let 
him say how far it is his own. It is his own in some respects, but in no 
respect which implies supreme and absolute possession. It is his own 
to keep from evil, to guard against wrong. In these respects, and they 
are important ones, his soul belongs to himself. In all other respects, 
he feels that the possession is not his. He is not his own, but God's. 
The creator knows us better than ourselves, and our souls are his; for 
our souls belong to him. 

May 14th Ottawa Chapter No. 222, Ottawa, Ontario, made a Fra- 
ternal Visit to Central City Chapter No. 70, Syracuse. 

During the year twenty-two Certificates of Merit were awarded to 
Companions whose names are recorded on page 25 of the Report. 

Sixty and Fifty year Certificates were awarded to a goodly num- 
ber of Companions, during the year. 


The visits of the Grand High Priest were very extensive. 

In the Grand Secretary's Report it is pointed out that the net loss 
for the year ended 27th December, 1966, was 1,279. Total Membership 
at that date was 26,270. 

High Priests Workbook continues to be an outstanding contribution 
to the High Priests of the constituent Chapters of this jurisdiction. 
This is distributed by the Grand Lecturer. 

New Zealand 

Seventy-fifth Annual Convocation. Napier, 8th March, 1967. Grand 
Chapter of New Zealand. Organized 1892. M.E. Comp. John Douglas 
Hyde, First Grand Principal, 1967 elected. 

The First Grand Principal, M.E. Companion Prentice A. Kusabs, 

There was a very good representation of Constituent Chapters 

A motion was made and regularly seconded and carried that R.E. 
Comp. J. D. Hyde be elected First Grand Principal. 

From the Address of the First Grand Principal: Companions, in spite 
of all our efforts, we are still suffering from diminishing numbers. In 
the last six years only one has shown an increase in Companions. It 
has often been said that quality is much more important than numbers. 
Companions, we should and can have both if the will is there. Over the 
/ears numerical strength has been considered at great length by Su- 
preme Committee. A simple system was evolved which was subsequently 
adopted. Taken collectively and practised enthusiastically I am con- 
fident that the problem of diminishing numbers will be a memory of 
the past. 

From a Masonic point of view New Zealand may be divided into 
two main classes or areas of population, expanding and stationary. In 
the former candidates are available in ever increasing numbers, in the 
latter they are few and far between. Consequently in order to maintain 
strength with so many new organizations now available to occupy the 
spare time of citizens, it is essential that every effort is made to hold 
the membership of our Companions as well as the making of new ones. 

Many distinguished Companions were lost to the Supreme Grand 
Chapter above during the year. 

M.E. Comp. P. A. Kusabs visited Chapters in every District during 
his tenure of office. 

The official statistics show a net loss of 17 Members for the period. 

Reports by the Grand Superintendents of the various Districts are 
very comprehensive and point out the general trends in Royal Arch 
Masonry and Cryptic Rite Masonry in this Grand Jurisdiction. 

In the discussion of the penalties of the Obligation, it was mentioned 
that M.W. Brother Lord Bruce, Grand Master Mason of Scotland, re- 
ported to his Grand Lodge that he had seen the minutes of Lodge Mel- 
rose, St. John No. 1 bis, date December 27th, 1764, resolving that can- 
didates be bound only by their Honour. Which has been the practice 
in that Lodge ever since. 

It is very interesting to read the Rules Governing Jubilee Memorial 

North Carolina 

The York Rite of Freemasonry of North Carolina. 

Monday, March 6, 1967, 7:00 a.m. — District High Priests, District 
Masters and District Commanders' Breakfasts were held at the White 
House Inn with Grand York Rite Officers being present. 


The Annual Grand York Rite Banquet was held at the White House 
Inn, 7:30 p.m. with Companion C. Ellwood Smyrk, Most Puissant Gen- 
eral Grand Master of General Grand Council, International, as banquet 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina. 

One Hundred and Forty-fifth Annual Convocation, Charlotte, N.C. 
March 7, 1967. 

Tarn Lee Shumaker, Grand High Priest, elected. 

Nathaniel M. Baxter Grand High Priest presiding. 

All distinguished visitors who were not already Honorary Members 
were upon motion duly made and seconded and carried, made Honorary 
Members of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina. 

With the distinguished visitors introduced was H. J. Giles, Grand 
Representative, Grand Council, R. & S.M., of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. 

Officers of the Allied Masonic Degrees, in attendance were duly 

The Report of the Grand High Priest shows a very imposing list of 
visitations during his period of office. 

It is a most pleasing situation to report that the Grand Chapter of 
N.C. reports an overall GAIN IN MEMBERSHIP of 241., which is some- 
thing to be proud of these days. 

From the Report of the Necrology Committee: 

We never seem to be sufficiently cushioned to absorb the mental 
shock when word comes that death has taken another friend and brother 
to that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns. 
Our fellowship has been broken during the past year through the passing 
of more than one whose presence will be greatly missed. 

The Report of the Grand Lecturer seems to show his disappointment 
in the results of his work to stimulate a greater interest in the Degree 
work in the various Chapters in the Jurisdiction. 

The Report of the Representative of the General Grand Chapter, 
R.A.M., International, is very interesting, and highlights the work that 
is being done towards promoting and considering a Concordat in York 
Rite Masonry. 

The Reports of the various Committees give a very distinctive 
insight into the workings of the various Districts and Groups in this 
Grand Jurisdiction. 

North Dakota 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of North Dakota. 

Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation, Thursday and Friday, 30th 
and 31st March, 1967. 

Flags Presented. The Stars and Stripes and the Maple Leaf of 
Canada were ably presented by Companions Arthur H. Hanson (24) 
and Cale Dickey (1). After the Flags were posted, the group sang 
"AMERICA" and "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN", followed by the pledge 
of allegiance to our Flag. 

Membership at 31st December, 1965—2,589 

Membership at 31st December, 1966—2,569 

Net Loss 20 

There are 21 Constituent Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction. 

Annually during the sixteen years of its existence, specific sug- 
gestions were submitted at the annual convocations: 

"Personal solicitation of worthy Master Masons, effective ritual- 
istic presentation; encourage study of Capitular lore and the formation 
of an educational program; provide newly exalted companions with 
the Royal Arch Magazine; Grand Chapter Line Officers to attend at 


least two convocations in their home Chapter and secure one candidate 
annually; Grand Chapter to select a degree for special study and mas- 
terful presentation every year; chapter visitations to Blue Lodges in 
its jurisdiction to confer the Mark and Past Masters Degrees; re- 
awaken the interest of non-attending Masons, visit the sick and con- 
sult with those whose dues are delinquent and help eliminate suspen- 
sion NDP; form sectional degree teams to help dormant chapters to 
exemplify the degrees in an inspiring manner (many small chapters 
are unable to confer the degress when their old ritualists die or move 
away as there has been no replacement, hence dormancy and non- 
attendance); hold York Rite Festivals; advocate York Rite Unity by 
combined social and business meetings of the various units. 

Nothwithstanding this vigorous campaign, Freemasonry in North 
Dakota (according to latest published reports) declined in prestige and 

Nova Scotia 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia. 

Proceedings 1967. Ninety-eighth Annual Convocation. 

Most Excellent Companion Grand High Priest, Cerdic George 

From the speech of R.E. Comp. V. Rev. E.B.N. Cochrane. 

Today I want to think about the enrichment that comes to us 
through the mission of the church, by the joining of lives, by the 
bringing together of social customs, by the endeavour to understand 
how other people think and how they live. This is indeed a very great 
and wonderful field of sociological action and it is a particular respon- 
sbility of the church. For the church to be a true church, must be an 
international church, a church that cuts across national barriers and 
leads people into a great, wide concept of global thinking. 

Reading the Reports of the various Committees I find them to 
follow the general trend as portrayed from all parts of the world: — 

"Lack of interest and lethargy". 

There are Seven Districts. Twenty-seven subordinate Chapters. 


Sesquicentennial year — 1816-1966. 

Clair Edwin Calaway: M.E. Grand High Priest. 


To properly celebrate the sesquicentennial Convocation of this Grand 
Chapter, a very able committee on History has over the years gathered 
material regarding the early history of Masonry in America and from 
this data have prepared and produced a pageant depicting the early 
history up through the years to the formation of the grand body. The 
pageant was presented in authentic Early-American costumes. 

"In this Historic Year, celebrating our 150th Anniversary of the 
founding of this Grand Chapter, we have a tremendous responsibility 
to see that Freemasonry marches onward, that we may leave to our 
posterity the same great heritage our forefathers worked so diligently 
to leave us." 

"Let us resolve here and now to turn the tide and once more march 
onward as a force for all that is good and right for our fellow men and 
we can do this if we but set our goals high and rededicate ourselves to 
hard work." 


A Memorial Service was held in First Presbyterian Church, Shaw- 
nee, Oklahoma. Sunday afternoon, April 23, 1967. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Comp. John T. West, E. Grand 
Chaplain; Grand Council Royal & Select Masters, Comp. D. L. Cooley, 
E. Grand Chaplain; Grand Commandery Knights Templar, Sir Knight 
E. Kenneth Feaver, E. Grand Prelate. 

Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation, Shawnee, Oklahoma, April 27th 
and 28th, 1967. The Distinguished Guests were received and presented, 
introduced and accorded Grand Honours due their respective offices. 

M.E. Comp. Raymond Shultz, Grand High Priest. 

In his Memorial address the Grand Chaplain said: Our grief is 
turned to joy in that our hope of the resurrection is assured unto us by 
God Himself. These Companions are gone but for a little while. God 
gave us these lives and in their return to Him we are brought closer to 
him because they have been a part of us. It is in our giving that we 

From the Address of the Grand High Priest: York Rite Cooperation. 
In January, 1966, we started working on a program of education, instruc- 
tion and information for all York Rite. We realize our goal is far 
from being reached, but we believe we have accomplished enough to 
prove that York Rite Masons can work together in unison without 
consolidation of the different bodies. 

What is the Problem? — In travelling over the state, and in other 
jurisdictions, I find various so called problems, such as lack of interest, 
attendance, suspensions for non-payment of dues and other particularly 
common to the local situation. Some Chapters have, at least tempor- 
arily solved their problems, but far too many have not. We waste time 
trying to find the right solution to the wrong problem. Unless we know 
what the real problem is, we cannot possibly find the correct answer. 
Too often, identifying the problem as merely the one that sticks out — 
like trying to get rid of measles by working on the spots. Too often we 
propose a solution and call it the problem! 

There has never been nor will there ever be anything wrong with 
the Masonic concept of how free men should live one with the other. It 
is true that we may have to make a few minor adjustments in the or- 
ganizational structure and methods of presentations to conform to the 
modern ways of life. But, Masonry with all its beautiful lessons in the 
fine arts of brotherhood and companionship has stood the test of time 
and tribulation. 

Membership January 1, 1966, 6,496; December 31, 1966, 6,236; net 
loss 260. 


Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Oregon. 

One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation. Corvallis, Oregon, 
April 12-13, 1967. M.E. B. Neally W T ood Grand High Priest 1967-1968. 

A very fine tribute was paid to the symbolism of the National Flag 
by the Grand King Wallace E. White. 

Representatives of 45 of the 46 Chartered Chapters were present. 

Distinguished Visitors were received and welcomed in the prescribed 

In his address the Grand High Priest stated that Grand Chapter 
had assembled the members from the four corners of the great State of 

Necrology. The Grand Architect in his infinite wisdom has called 
the roll of the workmen and a number of faithful companions have 
responded to his summons. 


The work of the York Rite Coordinating Committee is very active 
and some are of the opinion that after over ten years of observation and 
participation the work should be discontinued. It is admitted that co- 
operation is most desirable. 

In his Report on the Condition of the Rite, the Grand High Priest 
makes a wonderful analysis of the woes and ills of the Rite, and some of 
the remedies are very well put forth. 

A review of past proceedings will show that Grand High Priests of 
other years have suggested modifications of our practices similar to 
those suggested at this time. Strangely enough, there is a desire among 
the delegates to maintain the status quo. Thus year by year, we grow 
a little older, losing ground steadily, but as surely as the sands fall in 
the hour glass. 

The Visitations of the Grand High Priest were very extensive. 

The Net Loss in Membership for the year ended (1966) was 228. 
Loss to the Grand Chapter above, 207. 

God of our life, through all the circling years, we trust in Thee, 

In all the past, through all our hopes and fears, Thy hand we see. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania 

Companion W. Irvine Wiest, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, in 
Lis address to Grand Chapter stressed the following significant facts: — 

"I suppose it happens in every year that one or another of our 
Chapters takes fire, bursts into flame and acquires a large accession 
to its membership and then someone or something puts out the fire 
and the Chapter, like a volcano after a violent eruption goes to sleep 
again for another period. I am not decrying the fact, I am only observ- 
ing it. I am glad for the burst of activity when it happens, and only 
regret that such a Chapter had not a sustained effort in the past and 
that it loses its zeal (or has exhausted the fuel) after a burst of activity. 
But we have a small number of Chapters, seven in all, which, despite 
the heavy losses in membership in some of our other Chapters, ended 
the year 1965 with as large (or larger) a list of members than they 
ever had before in their entire history." 

"The Craft continues to be plagued by the Masonic environment in 
Philadelphia and Pittsburg. The flight of our members to the suburbs, 
parking problems, the growth of a population near our Temples which 
does not present to our Lodges and Chapters, changing social customs, 
all these have served to cut down our membership in those metropolitan 


The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Quebec. 90th Annual 
Convocation. City of Montreal, 31st May, 1967. 


Ordered to be read in all Chapters and Preserved. 

M. Ex. Companion W. Gordon Parker Grand First Principal 1967. 

From the Address of the Grand First Principal: 

Necrology. We have been saddened this year by the loss of many 
distinguished Companions. Since I was installed as your Grand Zeru- 
babel, five of our Past Grand First Principals have been called to rest 
from their labours and this Grand Chapter has suffered a severe loss in 
their passing. 

The Visitations of the Grand First Principal were very extensive 
within his own Jurisdiction. 

The Grand First Principal in his many visits to other Jurisdictions 
found time to visit the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the 


Province of Ontario, at Convocations in Toronto, on April 25th, 1966, and 
again on April 24th, 1967. He expresses his appreciation of the very 
warm and pleasing manner in which he was received. To the Grand Z. 
these visits were ones of real enjoyment. 

The Reports of the Grand District Superintendents follow along 
the lines and pattern of what is to be expected. 

Membership Dec. 31st, 1965, 3,180; Dec. 31, 1966, 2,135; loss 45. 

Rhode Island 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode 

Semi-annual Convocation, 29th October, 1966. 
Grand High Priest Potter H. Niles. 

This Grand Chapter jurisdiction is divided into five Districts to 
each of which a Grand Lecturer is elected. 

Most Excellent Companion Stanley Fielding Maxwell, General 
Grand Master of the Second Veil of the General Grand Chapter, Royal 
Arch Masons, international, representing the General Grand High 
Priest Most Excellent Companion Sprague Hanna Carter, was escorted 
into Grand Chapter and introduced by M. E. Donald E. Spears. He was 
escorted to the East and given Grand Chapter Honors. 

The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Brother and Companion, 
Walter G. Ballou, was received into Grand Chapter with the usual 
courtly reception and courtesies. 

The Statistical Report shows the following general trend: — 

5 Chapters showed net gain of 11 

9 Chapters showecj net loss of 136 

1 Chapter, no loss, no gain 

Total net loss all Chapters 125 

Total Membership at 31st January, 1967 3,856 

The Reports of the various Committees are very interesting and 

The Rhodesias 

Report to the Supreme Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Scot- 
land. Salisbury, 25th November, 1967. J. E. A. Salem, Grand Superin- 

The years are passing only too rapidly, and here we meet once more, 
for the Seventh Annual Convocation. 

I should like to extend a very warm and sincere welcome to my 
Deputy Most Ex. Comp. A. C. Annfield for having travelled all the 
way from Ndola to attend this Convocation; we are very delighted to 
see him and I hope during the course of the evening he will give us a 
report on the Chapters in Zambia and their prospect for the future. 

I am pleased to report to you that our Chapters, Cryptic Councils 
and Lodges and Councils in Rhodesia are doing extremely well; our 
total strength is increasing, but I am patricularly pleased to know that 
the general attendance at Convocations has increased by twenty-five per 
cent. It is most heartening to see such an increase, particularly when 
most Chapters throughout the world are reporting a decrease in their 
attendance. I can only attribute this success to my District Grand 
Chapter Officers, who are very active and continue to stimulate the 
interest of the Companions. There is however, another aspect, the 
continual lecturing on R.A. Masonry, this is also creating a desire to 
probe deeper into the Mysteries of this Degree. This was not achieved 
without a sacrifice, but it was well worth it. 


Visitations were very extensive — despite the fact that the political 
clouds that hang over the horizon are getting darker, and visitations are 
becoming more difficult. 

Zambia — Because of political differences may ultimately wish to 
form their own Grand Chapter. 


The Forty-fourth Annual Convocation. Masonic Temple, Regina, 
May 27th, 1967. M.E. Companion G. L. Cook, Grand Z. 

The Canadian Flag and the Stars and Stripes of the U.S.A. were 
presented in due form. 

The Canadian Flag. As our beloved country, achieving full nation- 
hood under God, deeply aware of the contribution made by many cultures 
brought here from many lands, together with a rich heritage from its 
two founding nations, is being molded into one united Canada, from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific, a red and white flag emerges. 

Guests from the various districts near and far were received and 
introduced and certain Companions were detailed to act as escorts. 

Net gain in Membership for the year, 1 (one) ; Membership at year 
end, 2,961. 

It is interesting to note from the Report of the Grand Scribe E.: 
The soft spot in the overall picture is the failure of the city Chapters 
to recruit and hold their membership. Uninspired leadership, not 
enough food for the mind, the "let's hurry up and get this over with" 
attitude of certain individuals, tends to destroy that essential fibre of 
Companionship, friendship, human interest in each other, and leaves 
precious little mortar for that essential cement which binds us together. 

The Grand First Principal in his Report notes that on April 25th 
and 26th, 1967, he was present at Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario 
at Toronto. 

Fifty-seven deaths were reported in this Grand Chapter in 1966. 

The Reports of the Grand Superintendents are very interesting and 
thought provoking. There seems to be a great spirit of harmony and 
friendship existing among the Chapters in the various Districts. Long 
may this prevail. However it is pointed out that there are two main 
weak spots that need attention, there are certain weak Chapters and the 
old troubled spot arrears of dues. 

Great study is being given to obtaining some form of unification 
with all the various York Rite Bodies. 

It is to be noted as reported that a great deal of work and study is 
being put forth towards Masonic Instruction and Education with a view 
of obtaining uniformity in procedure. 

Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland 

The Most Excellent First Grand Principal, The Right Hon. The 
Earl of Galloway, L.L., J.P. 

Grand Scribe M. Ex. Comp. Thomas McFarlane. 

An interesting feature of the Reports of the Grand Scribe. 

The Rhodesias, despite all the disturbances and unrest, show an 
INCREASE in Membership. 

Grand Chapter reports that great progress is recorded from many 
sources and the overall picture is most encouraging. 

From the address of the Most Excellent First Grand Principal: 

"On 16th June of this year Supreme Grand Chapter is going to cele- 
brate its 150th Anniversary when we hope to have with us a large and 
representative gathering from Scotland and overseas. Now, 50 years 

ago at the time of our Centenary it was obvious that there could be no 
great celebration. Those of us who can remember the year 1917 know 
only too well that it was not a time for joyful occasions. It was a 
year when our young men were falling in their thousands in France and 
in Flanders, when fathers, mothers, wives, sisters, fiancees dreaded the 
sight of a telegram being delivered at the door. In fact I have known 
women who to the end of their lives could never bear the sight of a 
telegram. These young men who were falling all over Europe repre- 
sented the very flower of the manhood of their respective nations. They 
represented the hopes of the future and if they had not been lost to us 
in those terrible years I have often wondered whether the chaotic condi- 
tions which exist in the world today would perhaps never have occurred. 
But, Companions, we must not dwell too long on that tragic past. 
Our duty is to the present and to the future. So let us therefore cele- 
brate our 150th Anniversary in June with a firm determination to make 
Freemasonry a powerful instrument for better things in the last de- 
cades of this twentieth century." 

South Carolina 

Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina. 

One Hundred and Fiftv-sixth Annual Convocation, Charleston, March 
14, 1967. 

Presiding: W. J. Home Grand High Priest. 

W. Gates Lanford Grand High Priest, elected. 

W. N. Bradford the Grand Representative for Canada answered the 
Roll Call. 

It is a pleasing thought to report that this Grand Jurisdiction shows 
a GAIN in Membership for the year ended 1966 — 419 Members. Present 
Memberships is 7,332. 

There was a large number of Distinguished Representatives from 
other Grand Jurisdictions. Also other York Rite Bodies. 

The Distinguished Guests were appropriately received. 

On a motion of the Grand Secretary, all Distinguished Guests from 
out of State, not previously so Honored, were elected to Honorary Mem- 
bership and cards so attested presented to them. 

A committee was appointed to study the advisability of eventual 
York Rite Organizational Unity. 

The Grand High Priest made many fraternal visits both within and 
without the State. 

Ninety-seven Companions were called to their eternal reward during 
the year. 

This Grand Chapter seems to have its foundation on very firm and 
solid grounds. And is certainly well organized. 

South Dakota 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota. 

Seventv-seventh, Annual Grand Convocation, 27th-28th September. 

M. Ex. A. Earl Crook Grand High Priest, 1965-1966. 

M. Ex. Richard A. Sachau, Grand High Priest, 1966-1967. 

Grand Secretary, Clarence E. Beuhler. 

From the Report. Condition of the Craft: — 

"I have noticed in my visits over the state and in other states 
that there seems to be more young men interested in Royal Arch 
Masonry. This is what we have been interested in and have been push- 
ing for wherever we had the opportunity. I truly believe that on*- 


organization will rise or fall almost consistently in relation to the 
number of young men we are able to interest in Masonry in our state." 

A great deal of effort is put into trying to develop interest in 
all Districts with a view of maintaining or increasng Membership. 

Membership at 30th June, 1965—3,910 

Membership at 30th June, 1966—3,865 

Net Loss in Membership 45 

There are thirty constituent Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction. 
Only nine were represented at this Grand Convocation. 

From the Fraternal Review: — One reads the Proceedings of other 
Grand Jurisdictions with mixed feelings; it is, at times, tedious and 
depressing and, at other times, interesting and inspiring. In all of the 
Proceedings but one of those received, membership has suffered a loss. 
Everywhere, concern for the causes for continuing loss is evident. York 
Rite Unity and other vigorous programs seem to be stemming the tide 
in some areas and the efforts by the vast majority of the Officers of 
the Grand Chapters seems bound to pay off in time. (We hope sooner 
than later). 


George Adams Peters — M.E. Grand High Priest. 

One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Annual Convocation. 

There was an excellent representation of the subordinent Chapters 

Among the "Distinguished Visitors" introduced, was Rt. Excellent 
Comp. Charles Fotheringham, representing the Grand First Principal 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario. 

On the recommendation of the Grand Instructor, Certificates of 
Proficiency were issued to 457 Companions; who, had proved themselves, 
and their ability in practice and procedure. 

The number of Chartered Chapters on the roll, at 31st December, 
1966, was 83. 

There was a net gain of 59 members. 

The Theme was: — "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for Breth- 
ren to dwell together in unity!" 


Dean W. Turner — Grand High Priest. 

One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual Convocation. 

The opening passage of a very impressive "MEMORIAL SERVICE" 
is very interesting: — 

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer, from the end of the 
earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to 
the rock that is higher than I. Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a 
strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever; 
I will trust in the covert of Thy wings. For Thou, God, hast heard 
my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear Thy 
name. Thou wilt prolong the king's life; and his years as many genera- 
tions. He shall abide before God forever: O prepare mercy and truth, 
which may preserve him. So will I sing praise unto Thy name forever, 
that I may daily perform my vows." 

In his message the Grand High Priest said: — "The challenge to 
each of us is for positive individual action — that we not only "live and 
let live", but that we live and help others to live." 

The beautiful and happy home for aged Masons in Arlington was 
shown and an explanation of the great work being done for these 
Masonic Veterans. 

The Chapter and Council Education Committee is very active and 
the Instruction being given is falling on fruitful ground. 


Grand York Rite of Freemasonry Annual Sessions. Provo, Utah, 
May 8-9, 1967. 

The Grand Secretary-Recorder was instructed to call the rolls of the 
three Grand Bodies. There being a constitutional number present to 
conduct the business of each of the Grand Bodies they were declared 

The distinguished visitors were introduced and welcomed to the 
Grand York Rite Sessions. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Utah. 

Fifty-sixth Annual Convocation. 

M.E. Grand High Priest Lloyd N. Taylor, 1967-1968. 

M.E. Grand High Priest Aaron Hey, presiding. 

The list of Honorary Members is very imposing. 

In his Report the Grand High Priest points out that all his visita- 
tions, with the exception of one, were made concurrent with those of the 
M.I. Grand Master, Royal and Select Masters, and the R.E. Grand Com- 
mander, Knight Templar, in joint session; a practice which is now being 
followed, and has down through several years, been found to work very 

Recapitulation — Membership, April 15, 1966, 1,337; Membership, 
Aprli 15, 1967, 1,314; Net loss, 23. Loss to the Grand Chapter above, 32. 

The Grand High Priest states that it is regretable that the Mem- 
bership Committee, a very important one, was not able to reach its 
potential, although a considerable amount of work was done to achieve 
some success. He made an appeal to all Companions present to give 
their support in the future. 

Victoria (Australia) 

The Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria, Australia. 

Quarterly Convocations 1966-1967. 

Report of the Proceedings for period ending January, 1967. 

M. EM. Comp. A. J. R. Matthews Installed 20th April, 1966— 
Died 10th May, 1966. 

From the address given by the Acting Grand First Principal M. 
EM. Comp. Reverend C. T. F. Goy, P. G. Z.:— 

I've never met anyone who loved Royal Arch Masonry more than Bert 
Matthews. To him it was a tremendous thing in life, I think he pounded 
it so much that it reached and plumbed the very depth of his soul. He 
was always speaking to me about the spiritual side of the Holy Royal 
Arch, which to me, too, is so important — that this is a wonderful 
degree that brings right into touch with T.T.A.L.G.M.H. It is in this 
degree that these wonderful things are revealed — these Divine secrets 
are made known to us as we gather at the very foot of the sacred 
altar in awe and reverence. This is the heart of this wonderful degree 
and I will always remember him telling me over and over again of his 
love for this Order. Surely that was exemplified in his faithful service. 
He endeavoured to fulfil to the uttermost his responsibilities as the First 
Grand Principal." 

The address was then followed by prayer after which the Grand 
Chapter Choir rendered the Anthem, "By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill." 

Losses to "The Grand Chapter Above", have been very severe in 
this Grand Jurisdiction. 

Net Loss for period— 168; Membership, December, 1966 — 10,282. 

The Most Excellent Masters Degree which heretofore had been 
attached to the Mark Master Masons Degree, and because of the fact 
that the M.E.M. Degree when put on caused objectionable embarrass- 


ment to certain Companions and sometimes Principals who had to re- 
tire. This will not be necessary in the future as this Degree is now 
part of the Royal Arch Masons Group. 

In his report The First Grand Principal states: — 

"Just one more event in this year which I believe is a real step 
forward, and that is the changing of our Constitution in respect to 
The Most Excellent Master's Degree. To remove the regulations which 
have for so long restricted this Degree to Mark Master Masons, and 
to revise the Ritual in order to give it added dignity and significance, 
will, I doubt not, meet with universal approval." 


Eighty-third Annual Convocation. Everett, 18th-19th May, 1967. 

Grand High Priest 1966-1967 — M.E. Obert C. Stood je. 

On Roll at 31st December 1966 there were 55 Chapters. 

55 Chapters were represented at Grand Chapter Convocation. 

The Jurisdiction is divided into sixteen Districts to each of which 
a Deputy Grand High Priest is appointed. 

Fifteen Companions were presented with their 50 year membership 


Membership 31st December, 1965 7,898 

Membership Gain 1966. 

Exalted 169 

Affiliated 29 

Reinstated 37 235 

Total including gain 8,133 

Membership Loss 

Died 222 

Demitted 120 

Dropped N.P.D 198 

Previous error loss 3 543 

Membership 31st December, 1966 7,590 

Net Loss 308 

Financial Statistics bear out the fact that Royal Arch Masonry in 
this jurisdiction is not in a sound financial condition, the report of the 
Finance Committee points out this fact. 

Each year we are faced with an ever increasing cost of operation, 
and in the forseeable future no relief appears' to be in sight. Increase in 
costs and loss of revenue through ever decreasing membership is the 
problem now facing us. It seems to me that it is of the utmost import- 
ance that our Chapters should increase their fees and dues, some have 
already done so, to offset their increasing cost of operation, Informa- 
tion gathered from the annual returns point out the fact that many 
Chapters are still endeavouring to maintain themselves on the basis 
of a 1949 dollar. 

The above is from the Report of the Grand Secretary. Section 291 
of the Grand Chapter By-laws 1966 edition provides that; if a Chapter 
is not represented at Grand Chapter for a period of three years it 
shall be suspended from all the rights and privileges of Royal Arch 


The Address of the Grand Orator makes very interesting reading. 
He covers many of the historical periods in the development of Free- 
masonry in the Americas, with great skill and detail. 

West Virginia 

Ninety-seventh Annual Convocation. Charleston, W. Va., October 
9th and 10th, 1967. 

M.E. John T. Kay Grand High Priest 1967-1968. 

M.E. Companion James P. Allen Grand High Priest presiding. 

The Distinguished Guests were presented, introduced, and cordially 
welcomed by the Grand High Priest and accorded honors due their 

A most cordial welcome was extended to Grand Chapter by the host 
Chapter Tyrian No. 14 of Charleston. 

Report of the Grand Priest: Necrology. We should always set aside 
a time during our deliberations, to take note that we are born to die. 
We know that since we have last met a number of our Companions have 
passed through the outer courts into a land that "bourne whence no tra- 
veller returns". 

We take cognizance that 263 of our state roll have gone this way. 
My heart goes out to each of their families and close associates at this 

Many visitations were made by the Grand High Priest to sister 

Visitations within the Grand Jurisdiction were also extensive. 

On a motion, duly seconded and unanimously carried, all the dis- 
tinguished guests were elected to Honorary Membership in the Grand 
Chapter of West Virginia. 

It is noticed that quite a number of states hold their Grand Chapter 
Sessions with the Grand Council and Grand Commandry all at the same 
dates, and Proceedings are all printed together. This is done in Idaho, 
Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah and Florida. New Jersey 
has a Committee now working to that end. No doubt they save some 
money on the cost of printing their proceedings. 

The Grand Secretary received the names of forty-nine Companions 
who were entitled to receive Fifty Year Service Awards. The Awards 
were sent to the Secretaries of the various Chapters and presented to 
the Companions whose names are listed in the Proceedings. 

The loss in Membership for the period was 125. Membership at 1967 
year end, 10,037. 


Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin. 

One hundred and seventeenth Annual Convocation, 1st and 2nd 
May, 1967. 

M.E. Joseph M. Van Matre, Grand High Priest, 1966-1967. 

One hundred and twenty-three 25 year Certificates were presented 
and sixty-one 50 year Certificates and Lapel buttons were also pre- 

There is a very well organized group of District Instructors in 
this Grand Jurisdiction. 

Net loss of Membership for year 417. 


Some progress is being made to stop this erosion but not enough, 
states the Grand High Priest. 

The Reports of the various District Instructors make very inter- 
esting reading. 

This Grand Chapter is in excellent financial condition and is well 
organized and controlled by careful budgeting. 

General Statistics 

Gleaned from the various Proceedings from many of the Grand 
Chapters of the U.S.A. 

The following makes one think very seriously: 

The largest Grand Chapter in the U.S.A. — Ohio — Membership, 
63,397; with a loss of 1,060. 

Texas next, 45,111; with a loss of 713. It may be noted that Texas 
has 227 Chapters. They suspended 983 last year and had 909 deaths. 

Ohio has 215 Chapters; suspended 898; deaths 1,556. 

Pennsylvania — Membership 36,253; loss 412. 

New York — Loss 929. 

Nevada — one of the smallest States with a membership, 1,178; 
NET GAIN, 15. 

Georgia supended 700 last year. 

All of these Grand Bodies are doing everything possible to solve the 
problem of maintaining Membership, with mixed proportions of success 
and failure. 


Let us examine ourselves carefully: are we paying our full con- 
tribution in services? We must, each one of us do what is right, and 
try to find the answer and the remedy to stop the erosion which seems 
to be seeping into this Grand Old Order of Freemasonry. Remember, 
'there is nothing impossible; some things are just more difficult than 

There are two conditions which seem, at the present time, to stand 
in the way of achievement; first anarchy and confusion, the result of 
selfishness in all social relations. This condition can be overcome in 
but one way; by the recognition of the unqualified Brotherhood of 
Mankind; not as a theory, a religious duty, or a mere matter of pub- 
lic sentiment; but as a fact in universal Nature; an ethereal and Pivine 
Law; the penalty for the violation of which is exactly the conditions 
under which humanity throughout this old world of ours now suffers. 

Freemasonry of to-day is the evolution of teachings and ideals of 
many men who lived and died through the ages of the past. It is a 
system of thought which furnishes a rational explanation of life, and 
has for its aim the development of character in men. 

Finish each day and be done with it . . . You have done what you 
could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them 
as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well 
and serenely. 

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